REN Hang (1987 - 2017)

Ren Hang 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 “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); “Suan Tian Ku La: 4 flavors, 4 photographers, 4 eyes on Chinese society” (Grand Theatre d’Angers, France, 2011); “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 in China; Kansas State University Art Museum in USA; Multimedia Art Museum in Russia; and White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection in Australia. He now lives and works in Beijing, China. 

Ren died in Beijing, China in 2017.

In Memory of Ren Hang 

I am deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Ren Hang. Ren Hang's photography is like himself, filled with openness, directness and spontaneity. He was always smiling or laughing with mischief. He didn't think his photography is art, and didn't give much attention to the art world. Without other reasons, he saw photography and poetry as something he was urged to do. I have a lot of respect for his purity. Perhaps through photography and poetry he acquired a sense of existence, control, and even pleasure. Regardless of intention, Ren Hang’s images will occupy a place in the history of contemporary Chinese photography. 

Furthermore, depression is a black sun looming over so many others, to whom we should show more love and care. 

Mimi Chun 
Founder and Director, Blindspot Gallery
February 2017

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About My Mum (2014)
In Ren’s work, the subjects – mostly the artist’s friends who pose nude – are stripped of any sense of self in explicit and often fetishistic images. My Mum is a more light-hearted rendering of this ambiguity that underlines the portrayal of self in personal photography. Posing with the usual props in Ren’s works like animals and plants, the artist’s mother becomes another subject for his carefully staged and colourful images, while she retains her real-life identity in these fictionalised representations of her daily life.

Related exhibitions:
Exhibition details of "My Mum/My Father" (17.1 – 25.2.2015)
Exhibition details of "Equal Relationships" (18.1 - 28.2.2013)

Artist Biography

Media coverage (Prestige, February 2017)
Media coverage (ArtAsiaPacific, 7.1.2015)
Media coverage (TimeOut Hong Kong, 7.1.2015)