WANG NINGDE

WANG NINGDE

Wang’s staged photographs provide surreal glimpses of the intersection between his imperfect recall of the past, his dreams and imaginings, and what we think of as ‘reality’. Like a cinema director, he uses ‘actors’, sets and lighting to construct melancholy family scenarios. His models are generally instructed to keep their eyes closed, adding a further layer of mystery. Wang Ningde’s ambiguous photographic narratives blur past and present; The central figure in many of these photographs, a man in a shabby Mao suit, is an unreliable narrator, not entirely to be trusted.

Wang Ningde was born in the Liaoning Province (China) in 1972. He graduated from the photography department of the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in 1995. He currently lives and works in Beijing.

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    Born in Liao Ning province in 1972.
    Graduated from Photography Department, Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in 1995.
    Currently lives and works in Beijing.

    COLLECTIONS

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles
    White Rabbit Collection, Sydney
    Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing
    Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan
    CAFA Art Museum, Beijing
    Lishui Photography Museum, Lishui
    The Red Mansion Foundation, London
    Franks-Suss Collection, London
    Dr. Uli Sigg Collection, Switzerland
    Burger Collection, Hong Kong

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2018
    Form of Light, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, USA

    2017
    No Name, PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco, Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco, USA

    2016
    No Name, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China

    2015
    Form of Light, Paramount Pictures Studios, Los Angeles, USA

    2014
    Form of Light 1, M97 Gallery, Shanghai, China
    Form of Light 2, M97 Project Space, Shanghai, China

    2011
    Some Days (1999-2009), M97 Gallery, Shanghai, China

    2010
    Some Days, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France
    The Photographs of Wang Ningde, Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    Let There Be Light, Xindong Cheng Space For Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

    2007
    Photographs of Wang Ningde, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, USA, Sponsored by Andy Warhol Foundation

    2006
    The Photographs of Wang Ningde, The Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK
    Some Days, Goedhuis Contemporary, New York, USA
    Beyond the Realm of the Soul, Dimensions Art Center, Beijing, China

    2005
    Between the History and Fantasy, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China

    1999
    Walking Towards an Even Darker Place, Libreria Borges, Guangzhou, China

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2019
    A Fairy Tale in Red Times: Works from the White Rabbit Collection, The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

    2017
    Beyond the Sphere of Reproduction: Contemporary Photography from China and Germany, Whitebox Art Center, Beijing, China
    Beyond the Sphere of Reproduction: Contemporary Photography from China and Germany, Städtische Galerie, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany
    Fourth Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts: Stress Field, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China
    Working on History: Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Cultural Revolution, Museum für Fotografie, Berlin, Germany
    Light Color Boundaries, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China

    2014
    Flux realities : a showcase of chinese contemporary photography, 4th Singapore International photography festival, Singapore

    2012
    A History of Chinese Contemporary Photography, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Brussels, Belgium

    2009
    Beijing – Havana, New Contemporary Chinese art Revolution, Cuba Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba

    2008
    Exquisite Corpse: China Surreal, m97 Gallery, Shanghai, China
    Retrospection LianZhou 2005-2007: Retrospective Exhibition, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Tomo Art Centre, Beijing, China
    Beijing-Athens Contemporary Art from China, Technopolis of the City of Athens, Greece
    China Avant-Garde, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA
    Out of Place, Robischon Gallery, Denver, USA
    Homesickness-Memory and Virtual Reality, T. Space, Beijing, China

    2007
    Aqua Art Miami, Limn gallery, Miami, FL, USA
    Biennale Photoquai, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France
    City_Net Asia 2007, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
    Distance Estimated by Eyes, Photography of Eight Chinese”, Guanshanyue Gallery, Shenzhen, China
    The New Wind from China, Gwangju, South Korea
    Labyrinth Art and Knowledge Space, Beijing, China
    Toshihiro Yashiro & Wang Ningde, Keumsan Gallery, Beijing, China
    Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Guangdong, China
    Contemporary Chinese Photography, China square, New York, USA
    Unexpected Out of Control, KU Art Center Inaugural Exhibition, Beijing, China

    2006
    Inner Scopes Contemporary Chinese Photography as Conscious Practices, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
    Coloring, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore

    2005
    Reviewing the City, Guangzhou Photo Biennial Reviewing, Guangzhou, China
    Roma Photo Festival, Roma, Italy
    Making A New Relationship, Dimensions Art Center, Beijing, China
    Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Guangdong, China

    2004
    Illusion, Aura Gallery, Shanghai, China
    Stance of Open, Art Museum of Guangdong, China
    Other where 2004, National Photography Exposition of San Francisco, USA
    All under Heaven, Antwerp, Belgium
    Between Reality & Memory, New School University, New York, USA
    Banality People, the Centre Library of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Techniques of the Visible, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
    Elsewhere, Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing, China
    Where are you heading? Mother China, Tokyo Ginza Guardian Garden Salon, Tokyo, Japan

    2003
    An Interesting and Singular Wal, French Center of Photograph, Paris, France
    A Strange Heaven, the Prague Czech Republic Galerie, Rdolfinum
    From China, ARHUS Artist Mansion, Denmark

    2002
    Pingyao International Photo Festival, Pingyao, China
    The City that Can Not Be Seen, Xing Guang Photo Gallery, Shanghai, China
    No Problem, Aura Gallery, Shanghai, China

    2000
    The Younger Generation and the New World, Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

    1999
    Walking Towards a Darker Plac”, Yuedong Gallery, Guangdong Province, China