Liu Zheng

b.1969, Wuqiang, Hebei

In 1991, Liu Zheng graduated from the Beijing Technology Institute in China. From 1991 to 1997, Liu worked as a photojournalist at one of China’s most prominent newspapers Worker’s Daily. He also co-published New Photo magazine with fellow artist RongRong in 1996. Liu’s work is collected by major international institutions and collections, including Deutsche Bank Collection; Daimler Art Collection (Germany); Sigg Collection (Switzerland); The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, USA); International Centre of Photography (New York, USA); The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA); Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, USA); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, USA). Liu currently lives and works in Beijing, China.

About The Chinese
Transvestites, dying elderly, mentally retarded, Shaolin monks – the subjects of Liu Zheng’s series The Chinese form a large, often neglected, swath of Chinese society. The Chinese is an ambitious series of 180 portraits taken from 1994 to 2002 throughout the country. Together the photographs form a direct, unabashed vision of China, as seen through the eyes of a young man searching for his own identity. “This was a process of finding myself,” says Liu Zheng, “I was analyzing myself by photographing just like an amnesiac trying to find his identity and trace his past.” The resulting portraits go beyond the documentary style of Liu Zheng’s photojournalist training, to penetrate the most vulnerable aspects of the individual, and capture them at their most unguarded.

Exhibition details of "PARIS PHOTO 2016" (10-13.11.2016)
Exhibition details of "Photo Shanghai 2015" (11-13.9.2015)
Exhibition details of "New Framework: Chinese Avant-garde Photography
1980s-90s" (12.5 - 26.7.2013)

Artist Biography

Media coverage (The Peak, June 2013)
Media coverage (The Standard, 24.5.2013)
Media coverage (South China Morning Post - 48 Hours, 16.5.2013)