WANG NINGDE

Born in 1972 in Liaoning province, China, Wang Ningde graduated from the photography department of the Lu Xun Academy of Art in 1995. Soon after, he moved south to Guangzhou where he now lives and works pursuing a career as a photojournalist and editor with the specialist photography journal Focus Magazine. His first solo exhibition Walking Towards an Even Darker Place was held at the famed Liberia Borges bookshop in Guangzhou in 1999. In 2003 he staged his first overseas exhibition An Interesting and Singular Walk at the Centre Photographique d’Ile de France, Paris. Wang has since exhibited in the Czech Republic, Denmark, the United States, Italy, Japan, Israel and Singapore.

Wang Ningde is one of the most interesting photographers to have emerged from China in the last ten years. This forthcoming exhibition will demonstrate his very special place in contemporary photography. Although a working journalist, he still maintains the belief that photography is a tool for self expression and continues to make non-documentary, conceptual photography. The artist invites the viewer into the world inhabited by his characters by imbuing his photography with subtle narrative drama and staging his photographs from multiple angles. Drawing from his own experiences as a journalist having witnessed a multitude of extraordinary events, Wang Ningde invents a very personal visual language that is both intriguing and seductive.

In June 2006 The Red Mansion Foundation invited Wang Ningde to London for his first solo exhibition in the UK, Some Days.

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1972
Born in Liaoning province, China
1995
Graduated from the department of photography, Lu Xun Academy of Fine Art. Currently living and working in Shenzhen and Guangzhou

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006
"SOME DAYS", Goedhuis Contemporary, New York, USA
"SOME DAYS", The Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK
2005
"BETWEEN HISTORY AND ILLUSION", Lu Xun Academy of Fine Art, Liaoning Province, China
"MAHJONG", Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
"INNER SCOPE: CONTEMPORARY CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHY AS CONSCIOUS PRACTICE", Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
"THE LIANZHOU INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION", Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore
"MAKING A NEW RELATIONSHIP - THE ETHICS OF ART", Dimensions Art Center, Beijing, China
"DREAM PRODUCERS (III/IV)", The Conceptual Museum of Chinese Contemporary Art, Xin Dong Cheng Space of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
"LIVING IN INTERESTING TIMES: A DECADE OF NEW CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHY", Tel-Hai Industrial Park, Israel
"OUT OF THE DOOR", Marella Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy; The Open Museums of Photography, Tel-Hai Industrial Park, Israel
2004
"TECHNIQUES OF THE VISABLE 2004", Shanghai Biennale, China
"LE MOINE ET LE DEMON - ART CONTEMPORAIN CHINOIS", Musée Art Contemporain, Lyon, France
"GUANGYIN - TEMPI DI DONNA", Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Sala 1, Italy
"REALITY SPELLS - EXHIBITION OF CHINESE CONCEPTUAL PHOTOGRAPHY FROM '90", Exhibition Galleries, Hong Kong Central Library
"BETWEEN REALITY AND MEMORY: A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION FEATURING THE WORK OF CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHERS", Tishman Gallery, New York, USA
"ALL UNDER HEAVEN-CHINA NOW!", MuHKA Museum, Belgium
"NO BODY'S FOOL, NO BODY'S HURT", Aura gallery, Shanghai, China
"TRAVELING IN SPRING", Aura Gallery, Shanghai, The 1st China International Gallery Exposition, Beijing, China
"ILLUSION", Aura gallery, Shanghai, China
"LA PHOTOGRAPHIE CONTEMPORAINE CHINOISE", Musée des Beaux-Arts, France
2003
"AN INTERESTING AND SINGULAR WALK", France Island of France Center of Photograph in Paris, France
"FANTASTIC PARADISE - CHINESE CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY", Prague, Czech Republic
"ALTERNATIVE MODERNITY", X-ray Art Center, Beijing, China
"STRANGE HEAVEN - THE CONTEMPORARY CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHY", Rudolfinum the National Art Museum, Prague, Czech Republic
"1:1", the 3rd Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Shanxi, China
"NO PROBLEM", Aura Gallery, Shanghai, China
1999
"WALKING TOWARDS A DARKER PLACE", Yuedong Gallery, Guangdong Province, China