Hao Jingban
The First Take

Hao Jingban

b. 1985 in Shanxi province, China

Hao Jingban (b. 1985, Shanxi Province, China) works with film and video to investigate the historical distance between the present viewer and a certain era in the past. In her research-based practice, the artist conducts historical investigation, archival research, field study, personal interviews, and live performances. From the ballroom dancing in Beijing before and after the Cultural Revolution, to the films of North-eastern China from the 1930s, the artist weaves together complex historical narratives, social movements and cultural commentary against the ambivalence and silence of the bygone era.

Hao’s solo exhibitions include “Silent Speech” (OCAT Xi’an, Xi’an, China, 2019); “New Directions: Hao Jingban” (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, 2016); and “Over-Romanticism” (Taikang Space, Beijing, China, 2016). Her works have been exhibited in institutions and biennales, including Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai, 2019); Guangdong Times Museum (Guangzhou, 2018 & 2019); Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2017 & 2019); Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, 2018); “FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art” (Cleveland, 2018); 11thShanghai Biennale (Shanghai, 2016); Kuandu Museum of Fine Art (Taipei, 2016); Museum of Contemporary Art (Hiroshima, 2016); Minsheng Art Museum (Beijing, 2015); and Jewish Museum (New York, 2014). Prizes and awards include the Huayu Youth Award Grand Jury Prize (2016), the Young Artist of the Year award at the 11thAward of Art China (2017), the International Critics’ Prize at the 63rdInternationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (2017), and the Han Nefkens Foundation – ArcoMadrid Video Art Award (2019). Hao’s works are in the collection of the M+ (Hong Kong), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France) and the Power Station of Art (Shanghai, China). In 2020, the artist will be based in Berlin for the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin residency programme.

Hao currently lives and works in Beijing, China.


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