The theme of sexuality is recurrent in Ren Hang’s work: naked nested bodies, single women smoking on a roof or naked in a tree, scenes of kisses, hugs, always imbued with great poetry. One can read in his work, which has already been censored several times, the deep malaise of Chinese youth, but also the ties that bind them and the mutual trust they have.

Although Ren Hang said his work was not intentionally political, his art confronts repression of sexuality and queer identities in mainstream Chinese culture. Throughout his career, Ren used an analog camera, shooting friends rather than models, and resisted ascribing meaning to his work. “I don’t try to get a message across, I don’t give my works names, I don’t date them. I don’t want to instill them with any vocabulary. I don’t like to explain my photos or work as a whole.”

Ren Hang was born in 1987 in Canchun, Jilin province in northeastern China. He died at the aged 29 and is now considered a figure of controversial Chinese photography.

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    (1987 – 2017), Born in Changchun, Jilin Province, China

    COLLECTIONS

    US Kansas State University Art Museum, Kansas State, US
    CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
    Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia
    ThreeShadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
    White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection, Sydney, Australia

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2015
    New Love, Matchbaco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    Morphologie, HDM Gallery, Hangzhou, China
    Occupy Atopos, Atopos cvc, Athens, Greece
    Ren Hang solo show, Atelier 72 Gallery, Marseille, France
    In Presence of Ren Hang, Stieglitz 19 Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
    Ren Hang solo show, OstLicht Gallery, Vienna, Austria
    Ren Hang 2014, Capricious 88 Gallery, New York, US
    My Mum, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong, China

    2014
    In Addition to sleep, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
    In Addition to sleep, Vasli Souza gallery, Malmo, Sweden
    La Chine à nue, Nue Galerie, Pantin, France

    2013
    Pulse, Galerie Jane Zhang, Frankfurt, Germany

    2011
    Stillbirth Yugong Yishan live house Beijing China
    Allergy, Ren Hang photography solo exhibition Kubrick, Beijing, China

    2010
    Intercourse with Beijing, Ren Hang photography exhibition Yugong Yishan live house, Beijing, China
    Eat Naked Lunch! RenHang photography exhibition Yuyintang live house, Shanghai, China

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2015
    Temporary Boundary, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Brussels, Belgium
    The New Portrait – Part 1, Stieglitz 19, Anvers, Belgium

    2014
    Artvilnius ’14 International Contemporary Art Fair Congress center in Vilnius, Lithuania
    Three Shadows Frist Experimental Image, Open exhibition Three shadows photography art centre, Beijing, China
    New photos since 2009, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China
    April Art, Bruxelles, Belgium
    Faceless, Stichting Mediamatic, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Chinese spring, Brussels, Belgium

    2013
    Lian Zhou Foto 2013 -Curatorial Theme: Farewell to Experience, Lian Zhou, China
    The 2nd Conceptual Film Photography Show F518 Idea Land, Shenzhen, China
    True Panic- Photography Exhibition, Bowl Island Gallery, Beijing, China
    Photo Off, 4th Edition, La Bellevilloise, Paris, France
    1st Beijing Photo Biennial : Aura and Post Aura China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China
    Enter, Network real-time exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, Shanghai, China
    Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Faceless part 1, Museums Quartier, Vienna, Austria
    Atypical Beijing Space, Beijing, China
    Fuck Off 2, Chinese Contemporary Art Document, Groninger Museum, Netherlands
    Equal Relationships, Bilndspot Gallery, Hong Kong, China
    Fuck Taboo, Camera16 Gallery, Milan, Italy
    A Miscellany of Arts, The Visual Rhetoric of the Young Generation, Suzhou, China
    Remote Places, Close Spaces, Street Level Photoworks Gallery, Scotland, UK

    2012
    Secret Love Oriental Museum in Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
    Memory Lost and Found, young artists group exhibition, Beijing Space, Beijing, China
    Central Academy of Fine Arts First CAFAM future development CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, China
    Féroces, Ren Hang / Jordane Yarden Gaudenzi, Double photographic exhibition, Avi Niang silk, France
    Originate from energy resource, Multimedia Art Museum Moscow, Moscow, Russia
    Symptoms, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

    2011
    Féroces, international photography festival, 2011, France
    Restaurant, Light Room photography exhibition, J Gallery, Shanghai, China
    Sour sweet bitter spic, four photographers’ exhibition, Angers, France
    Rencontres d’Arles festival -The Viewer exhibition, Arles, France
    Recurrent shadows, selected works from three shadows photography award, He Xiang Ning art museum, Shenzhen, China
    Young Movement, photography exhibition, Israel
    The fourth 54 international young art festival 2011, 798 art area, Beijing, China
    Three shadows photography award, Three shadows photography art centre, Beijing, China

    2010
    The third Terna comtemporary art exhibition, Rome/ Milan, Italy
    Warmth 2010 -2011, new year art exhibition, Shanghai, China
    New photography magazine photography exhibition, group exhibition, Hong Kong, China
    798 festival young This, this is me, with attitude photography exhibition, Beijing, China
    The first international art contemporary festival of China Ji Me, Xiamen, China
    Into the mood, art exhibition, Hong Kong, China
    China Caochangdi, photography Toratoratora, photography exhibition Caochangdi, Beijing, China
    Experiment, Screenage art document exhibition, Song Zhuang Art Museum, Beijing China

    2009
    80’s and Peaceful Evolution, visual group exhibition, Hong Kong, China
    Feminity Photography, international photography exhibition, ‘paradise with love’ Nanjing, China
    Private talk, Shanghai, China
    Gender Divisity, art exhibition, Song Zhuang Art Area, Beijing, China

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