JIANG Pengyi

b. 1977, Yuanjiang, Hunan Province, China

Jiang Pengyi graduated from The Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2014. He has been awarded the Aletti ArtVerona Prize for Photography in 2011, the Jury Grand Prize from the Société Générale Chinese Art Awards in 2010 and the Three Shadows Photography Award in 2008. Jiang was invited to participate in the Helsinki Photography Biennial 2012 and is nominated for the Prix Pictet 2012. Jiang now lives and works in Beijing and Hangzhou, China.

About Everything Illuminates
In contrast to his early works, his latest series Everything Illuminates are images of still objects glowing in the dark. These abstract and nearly surreal images suggest the artist’s changing focus back to original form and shape, at the same time reflect his current state of mind.
Exhibition details of "Everything Illuminates" (5.10 – 2.11.2013)

About Unregistered City and Luminant
Jiang’s early works illuminate the rapid development of town planning and architecture in contemporary China as an alternate sampling of capitalization and globalization, and how it excludes and erases all elements of an ancient culture. The Unregistered City series reveals the illusory nature of the city and the world, while the Luminant series manifests the detachment from reality in today’s mainland Chinese cities.
Exhibition details of ART HK 12 (17 – 20.5.2012)

Exhibition details of "Luminant" (4.5 – 2.6.2012)

About The Private Goods Belonged to Somebody's 
Jiang retrieves abandoned household items and revives their existence in a staged setting so to ignite memories of bygone days.
Exhibition details of "A Departure from Reality III" (3.9 – 30.10.2010)

About All Back To Dust
Jiang's early work All Back to Dust, massive real-life buildings turn into miniatures and are placed among junk, brushed aside like forgotten beings. Through his expression, Jiang sets out to override the rapid urbanization in the city and to unmask its illusory nature.
Exhibition details of "A Departure from Reality III" (3.9 – 30.10.2010)

About the artbook - JIANG PENGYI
This is the first book of Jiang's works from 2006 to 2013 including a selection of his iconic series. The book also includes 2 critical essays written by reowned photography critic and scholar Gu Zheng, as well as art critic and writer Luan Zhichao.

Interview with Jiang Pengyi (courtesy of Ray Art Center)

Essay: "How to Make Vitality and Time Visible: The Logic of Jiang Pengyi's Art Creation" by Luan Zhichao
Essay: "The Visualization of Destruction: About Jiang Pengyi's Photography" by Gu Zheng
Artist Biography

Media coverage (Asian Art News, May/June 2012)
Media Coverage (Hong Kong Gallery Guide, 10.2010)
Media coverage (South China Morning Post, 26.10.2010)
Media coverage (The Bulletin, September 2010)