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Artists’ Biography

Cao Fei, b. 1978

Cao Fei (1978) is a Chinese artist based in Beijing. She is known for her multimedia installations and videos, and is acknowledged as one of the key artists of a new generation emerging from Mainland China. She mixes social commentary, popular aesthetics, references to Surrealism, and documentary conventions in her films and installations. Her works reflect on the rapid and chaotic changes that are occurring in Chinese society today. Her recent project RMB CITY (2008-2011) has been exhibited in Deutsche Guggenheim(2010),Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2009), Serpentine Gallery, London (2008), Yokohama Triennale (2008). i. Mirror by China Tracy, 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), Chinese Pavilion; RMB CITY- A Second Life City Planning has been exhibited in Istanbul Biennale (2007); Whose Utopia, TATE Liverpool (2007), Nu Project, Lyon Biennale (2007).

Cao Fei also participated in 17th & 15th Biennale of Sydney (2006/2010), Moscow Biennale (2005), Shanghai Biennale (2004), 50th Venice Biennale (2003). She also exhibited video works in Guggenheim Museum (New York), the International Center of Photography (New York), MoMA (New York), P.S.1 (New York), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Musee d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris (Paris), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo). And Cao Fei is the finalist of Hugo Boss Prize 2010, and won The 2006 Best Young Artist Award by CCAA (Chinese Contemporary Art Award ).


Li Wei, b.1970

Photographer Li Wei, 1970 was born in Hubei . Li was educated in Beijing in 1993, and now lives and works in Beijing,China.

Solo Exhibitions

2010 “Beyond Gravity” 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong. “Li Wei performance ‘Take Away’ ” Shanghai Tang, Hong Kong

2009 “Li Wei” Galeria TRIBECA, Madrid, Spain “The amazing mirror maze of the self” Michael Schultz Gallery Beijing “Besides Gravity”, Mogadishni CPH gallery, Denmark

2008 "LI WEI "Solo Exhibition Yeh Rong Jia Culture & Art Foundation, Taiwan

2007 "LI WEI Falls To …", Espace Cultural Ample Gallery,Spain

2006 "LI WEI"exhibition, PYO Gallery,Seoul, "Transcendence: A Mirror of China", The artist network, New York; "LI WEI"exhibition,10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Central Hong Kong; "LI WEI" exhibition, Grleria Espacio Minimo,Madrid,Spain

2005 "Illusory Reality" exhibition, Marella Gallery,Beijing


Lin Zhipeng, b.1979

Lin Zhipeng is a photographer, curator and freelance writer based in Beijing. He has contributed to numerous popular lifestyle and fashion magazines in China as editor and writer and has produced photo shoots for magazines such as Vice, S magazine, Glass, VISION, City Pictorial, etc and brands such as United Nude, eno, Converse, Glaceau Vitamin Water, etc. He also produced video works such as SANSAR, SCENE, Xanthium, etc. In 2007 he published the independent fashion magazine project TOO and in 2005, 2006 and 2010 published three volumes of photography entitled My Private Broadway. His curatorial work includes the exhibitions TOO SHOT! Fashion×Photography in Get It Louder, Eco-matter,in 2008 at ARRTCO in Beijing and vision music show Time, Dust, Hormone in 2009 at Mao Live House in Beijing.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2008, Me Party, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China

2008, Composition In Time, GZOP Lab, Guangzhou, China Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 GTZ Photography Workshop 2011, Berlin, Germany.

2010: ARLES IN BEIJING, Beijing,China Box II: The Cruelty of Youth, White Space Collection, New York City, USA

2009 LINEART Fair at Flanders Expo Gent, Belgium China Now –The Edge of Desire, Max Lang, New York City, USA I, I SEE- Southern Pocket Film festival, China

2008 Youth Appearance, 4th Lianzhou International Photography Festival, Lianzhou, China Metamorphosis – New Generation of Chinese Contemporary Photographers, Art Scene China, Shanghai, China Hidden Life: Apartment Diary, Lin & Keng Gallery, Beijing, China FotoGrafia International Festival, Rome, Italy New Photography In China, City Festival, Hong Kong

2007 Sampling: Chinese Young Photographers, Potential Gallery, Beijing, China Refresh: Emerging Chinese Artists, touring exhibition, ZendaiMoMA, China; ARARIO Gallery, China Get It Louder Exhibition, touring exhibition, venues in Guangzhou, Shanghai & Beijing

2006 Selfhood – Absent Minded, First Lianzhou International Photography, China

2005 Five New Generation Photographers, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China


Adrian Fisk, b. 1970

Adrian Fisk’s work has featured in the world’s top current-affairs periodicals, from National Geographic and the Financial Times Weekend Magazine to Vanity Fair, Paris Match, Stern and The Economist. In 2007 he was identified as one of ‘The World’s Top Photographers’ in the book published by Rotovision. He was born in 1970 and grew up in Devon, the UK. After graduating with a degree in photography from Blackpool and Flyde College he moved to London where he spent the next five years documenting youth counter-culture against the 1990s socio-political backdrop of environmental protests, illegal raves and anti-globalization. He went on to work for advertising and design agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, JWT and BMP DDB for clients including Nikon, Vodafone and other major international brands. He moved to India in 2003, where his work has provided an anthropological and political visual analysis of South Asia during a unique period of growth, and where he has continued to explore the theme of youth.

For the last few centuries the west has dominated economics, politics and culture. But now there is a shift towards the east, in particular China, a country of 1.4 billion people of which we know little about. It is the young Chinese who will inherit this new found global influence, but who are they and what do they think about life.

“I traveled on a 12500 km journey through China to find an answer to this question. I looked for young Chinese aged from 16 - 30 years, gave them a piece of paper and simply told them they could write what ever they wanted to on the piece of paper, I then photographed them holding the paper. The results are fascinating and have been seen by more than 14 million people across the world.”


Yang Yankang, b. 1954

Chinese Countryside Catholic As a country in Asia, China is multinational and open to multiple religions. In 1289, John Mengovino, a missionary from Italy, came to China and brough the Roman Catholicism to Chinese people. Since then stories about him and the religion have been passing on and on. During the period of recent hundred years, the Roman Catholicism has experienced many hardships and ups and dows in China. As to the actual situation of such religion, how its believers spend their religious life in reality and show their loyalty to such religion, you can get the answers from my reporting photos that demonstrate the natural form of the religion in China.
In the vast land of China, about 80% of the Romanists live in the poor countryside and the existing conditions and natural environment there are relatively hard and unendurable. The countryside in Shanxi Province is the place where more Romanists live and labour. I am familiar with such land in Shanxi and I love the local people living and working in the Yellow River area. So I chose this piece of land and these people and demonstrate them with my camera. I hope I can demonstrate them and express exactly what’s in mind with the harmonious images created under conditions with relatively uniform cultural, geographical and conventional factors. “The poor made by God are blessed.” In the life as along river running forward, the Romanists bear this sentence a holy sentence in their mind, which they have learned from the inheritance about and dependence on such religion. With their conducts and beliefs, they are building a road leading to the heaven.