Ren Hang
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Ren Hang

1987 - 2017

The late Ren Hang used the photographic medium to depict scenes of spontaneity and surrealness, where the naked subjects, mostly the artist’s friends, in sexually explicit and sculptural poses. Ren’s carefully constructed staged photography possesses a unique snapshot aesthetics, despite the colourful scenes filled with youthful bodies, his images projects a sense of loneliness and suppression, probably due to his long-time battle with depression.

Ren was awarded the Outset | Unseen Exhibition Fund at Unseen, Amsterdam in 2016 and Third Terna Contemporary Art Award, Italy in 2010. His solo exhibitions included “Ren Hang” (Museum of Fine Art, Leipzig, Germany, 2017), “Naked/Nude” (Foam Fotografiemuseum, Netherlands, 2017) and “Human Love” (Fotografiska, Sweden); His selected group exhibitions included “Medium of Desire: An International Anthology of Photography and Video” (Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, USA, 2015), “Chinese Photography: Twentieth Century and Before” (Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, China, 2015), “Contemporary Photography in China 2009-2014” (Minsheng Art Museum, China, 2014), “Curated by RongRong: Inner Ear” (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, China, 2011), and Rencontres d’Arles Festival (France, 2011).

Ren’s works is collected by CAFA Art Museum and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (China), Kansas State University Art Museum (USA), Multimedia Art Museum (Russia), and White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection (Australia).

Ren died in Beijing, China in 2017.


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