Born in 1967 in Xi’an, a town of the Shaanxi province in central China, Wang Bing first studied photography in Shenyang, at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, before taking cinema classes in Beijing, at the Cinema Institute (1995). Besides feature documentary as Three Sisters and Madness, he is also active in video installation as Crude Oil, a 14 hours film. He also started a noteworthy work in photography.

His work has been selected for presentation and competition in many film festivals where he won a great number of awards. Acclaimed by critics and recognized as one of the most important Chinese artists, documentary makers and film directors of his time, he has been honored by retrospectives of his entire work in major museum, as Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique.

Born in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China, 1989
Lives and works in Beijing, China

SOLO PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO EXHIBITIONS

2020
Wang Bing à la trace, Galerie Art et Essai, Rennes, France

2019
Wang Bing, Take Ninagawa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Rassenge Immagini segrete dalla Cina. Omaggio a Wang Bing, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Turin, Italy

2018
Wang Bing, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Germany
Wang Bing, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France
Dispossessed Lives. Resilient Lives. Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Traces at Tate Modern Weekend Film Series, Starr Cinema, Tate Modern, London, UK

2017
Experience and Poverty, Magician Space, Beijing, China

2016
Wang Bing: Three Portraits, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, USA

2014
Wang Bing Retrospective, Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, Brussels
Wang Bing/Jaime Rosales, Cinéastes en correspondance, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Father and Sons, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France

2013
Wang Bing, Institut de l’Image, Aix-en-Provence, France

2009
Wang Bing, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France

GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO EXHIBITIONS

2020
China – Africa: Crossing the world color line, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2019
Circular Flow, Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart, Basel, Germany
Fast Fashion/Slow Art, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick; George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.

2018
Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India
Hito Steyerl, Ben Rivers, Wang Bing, EYE Art & Film Prize, EYE Filmmusuem, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017
Learning from documenta, Centre Culturel de Strombeek, Brussels
Documenta 14, Athens, EMST – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

2016
Chinese Video Art since the 1980s, Time Test: International Video Art Research Exhibition, Beijing CAFA Museum, Beijing, China

2015
Video Retrospective and Photography Exhibition, Jeonju International Film festival, Korea

2014
Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China

FILMOGRAPHY

2018
Beauty lives in freedom
Asia Society, New York, USA, 2018

Les âmes mortes
Festival de Cannes, France, 2018 – out of competition

2017
15 hours (Shi wu xiao shi)
Film Society, Lincoln Center, New York, Etats-Unis, 2017

Mrs Fang (Fang Xiuying)
70th Edition of the Locarno Festival, Switzerland, 2017 – Léopard d’or

2016
TA’ANG
Nuremberg Human Rights Festival, Germany, 2017 – Human Rights Award

Bitter monney
Venice Film Festival, 2016 – Orizzonti winner & Human Rights Special Award

2014
Trace
Jeonju International Film festival, 2015
Centre Pompidou, Wang Bing retrospective, 2014
Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, Wang Bing retrospective, 2014

Father and Sons
MoMa Doc Fortnight, New York, 2015
Centre Pompidou, Wang Bing retrospective, 2014
Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, Wang Bing retrospective, 2014
Rotterdam Film Festival, 2015
Doclisboa, 2015, Grand Prix
Pacific Méridian, Russia, 2014
Zagreb Humanrights Film Festival, 2014

2013
‘Til Madness Do Us Part (Feng Ai)
Venice International Film Festival 2013- out of competition
3 Continents Festival 2013 – Silver Montgolfière

2012
Three sisters (San Zimei)
Venice International Film Festival 2012 – Orizzonti Prize
3 Continents Festival 2012 – Golden Montgolfière
Doc Lisboa Festival – Best Film Award
Fribourg International Film Festival – Best Film Award/ Don Quijote Award/ Grand Prix of the Jury

Alone – In the Yunnan mountains (Gudu)
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2012
Festival Black Movie – Jury Prize

2010
The Ditch (Jia Bian Gou)
Venice International Film Festival 2010 – official selection
Toronto International Film Festival 2010 – official selection

2009
Man with No Name
Doc Lisboa 2010
Lussas Documentary film festival 2010

2008
Coal Money (Tong Dao)
Cinéma du Réel 2009

Crude Oil (Yuan You)
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2008
FID Marseille 2008

2007
Fengming, a Chinese Memoir (He Fengming)
Festival de Cannes 2007
FID Marseille 2007 – International competition – Georges de Beauregard Prize
Toronto International Film Festival 2007 – official selection

Brutality Factory (Baoli Gongchang) : short in the anthology The State of the World
Festival de Cannes 2007 / Quinzaine des réalisateurs

2003
West of the Tracks (Tie Xi Qu)
Montréal Film Festival 2004 – Grand Prix of the Jury – Documentary section
FID Marseille 2003 – Grand Prix
3 Continents Festival 2003 – Golden Montgolfière – Documentary section
Doc Lisboa 2002 – Grand Prix

DISTINCTIONS & PRIX

L’Homme Sans Nom (2019)
Mikeldi d’Honneur, Zine Bi, 61ème édition du Festival International du Documentaire et du Court-Métrage, Bilbao, Spain, 2019

Madame Fang (2017)
Léopard d’or, 70e Edition du Festival de Locarno, Switzerland, 2017

Argent Amer (2016)
Prix Orizzonti du meilleur scénario & Human Rights Special Award, Venice Film Festival, Italy, 2016

TA’ANG, un peuple en exil entre Chine et Birmanie
(2016) :
Human Rights Award, Nuremberg Human Rights Festival, Germany, 2017
Père et Fils (2014) :
Grand Prix, Lisbon International Documentary Festival, Portugal, 2014

À la Folie (2013)
Mongolfière d’argent, Festival des Trois Continents, Nantes, France, 2013. Venice International Film Festival, projection hors compétition, Italy, 2013

Alone (2012)
Prix du jury, Geneva Black Film Festival, Switzerland, 2012

Les Trois Soeurs du Yunnan
(2012) :
Prix Orizzonti du meilleur film, Venice International Film Festival, Italy, 2012
Montgolfière d’or, Festival des Trois Continents, Nantes, France, 2012
Muhr AsiaAfrica Award (meilleur réalisateur), Dubai International Film Festival, United Arab Emirates, 2012
Grand Prix, Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland, 2013

Le Fossé (2010) :
Prix Open Shot de la Fondation Gan, 2010
Prix du jury, Prize of the Spirit of the Mirror, ANDREY TARKOVSKY “Zerkalo” International Film Festival, Ivanovo, Russia
Prix Arte for the project development, Cinemart Rotterdam Film Festival, The Netherlands, 2010
Best Foreign Film Language Director, Kinema Junpo Awards 2011, Tokyo, Japan

L’Homme sans nom (2009) :
Prix Spécial du Jury, Festival Ânûû-rû âboro, Pwêêdi-Wiimîâ, Kanaky – New Caledonia, 2011

L’Argent du charbon (2009) :
Second Prix du Jury, Documenta Madrid, Spain

Fengming, chronique d’une femme chinoise (2007) :
Prix Georges de Beauregard, Festival international du film de Marseille, France, 2007
Prix Robert and Frances Flaherty, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan, 2007
Young Critics Award, Cinema Digital Séoul, Corée, 2007
Prix IPJ University, Lisbon International Documentary Festival, Portugal, 2007
Ecumenical Jury Award mention spéciale, Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland, 2008

A l’Ouest des Rails
(2002: 5 heures / 2003: edition finale, 554 minutes) :
Grand Prix, Lisbon International Documentary Festival, Portugal, 2002
Prix Robert and Frances Fleherty, Yamagata Film Festival, Japan, 2003
Grand prix, Festival International du Documentaire, Marseille, France, 2003
Montgolfière d’Or, Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes, France, 2003
Best documentary Feature, Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival, Mexico, 2005
Grand Prix of the Documentary Jury, Montreal Festival, Canada, 2005

2017
EYE Art & Film Prize, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2016
Member of the Jury, Compétition Internationale du Festival de Locarno, Suisse. Invité à rejoindre l’Oscar Masterclass

2015
Member of the Jury, International Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France

2014
President of the Jury Marseille International Film Festival, France

2012
Member of the Jury, Digital Seoul Film Festival, Korea
Doctor degree, Université Paris 8 – Vincennes-Saint-Denis, Saint Denis, France

2010
Member of the Jury, Doc Madrid, Spain

2007
Member of the Jury, Hong Kong Film Festival

2006
Legion of Honor

2004
Residency at Cinéfondation, Festival de Cannes, France

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