WENG FEN

Weng Fen’s latest photographic series, I would name it a youthful vision of Asia, an idea emerged from post-modern urban Utopianism. The recent urban modernizations of cities all over China seem to be driving the civic societies in China in the direction of a homogeneous urban culture, at the same time eliminating their origins and histories. The differences between north and south are gradually erased by the crazy tides of duplicated cultural spaces which infested with homogeneous skyscrapers. Together with the lamentation of the loss of identity, Weng Fen’s photography allegorically represents the internal motivation behind the civic social ideology of Modernisation.

In July 2006 The Red Mansion Foundation invited Weng Fen to London to show photographs from the series Staring at the Sea and also to create a site specific installation The Viewing Stand. This was Weng Fen’s first solo show in the UK.

CV

1961
Born in Hainan, China
1985
Graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts
PRESENT
Working as a Teacher in Art Collage of Hainan University. Now lives in HaiKou city

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2006
"A WORLD WITHIN A WORLD", The Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK
2005
"CONTEMPORARY CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHY", The Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK
"ZOOMING INTO FOCUS", Singapore art Museum, Singapore
"FOLLOW ME - CHINESE ART AT THE THRESHOLD OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM", Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
"UNSPEAKABLE HAPPINESS", Museo Tamaya, Mexico
"ALWAYS TO THE FRONT - CHINA CONTEMPORARY ART", Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Nordjllands Denmark
"LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES", Open art museum, Haifa, Israel
"RE(-)VIEWING THE CITY: 2005 GUANGZHOU PHOTO BIENNIAL", Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2004
"NEW CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO", ICP, New York, USA
"CHINESE VIEWING WORLD - STARING AT THE SEA BY WENG FEN", Tong Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
"POSERS", Courtyard gallery, Beijing, China
"ME, ME, ME!", Courtyard gallery, Beijing, China
"DIE CHINESEN - FOTOGRAFIE UND VIDEO AUS CHINA", Kunstmuseum, Germany
"CHINESE BABY", Marseille, France
"GODS BECOMING MEN", Frissiras Museum Athens, Greece
"ZOOMING INTO FOCUS", Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
"CHINESE CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPH", MOCA Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
2003
"NEW ZONE - CHINESE ART", Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
"ZOOMING INBT FOCUS", San Diego State University Gallery, San Diego Museum of art, San Diego, USA
"OPEN SKY", Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
"WENG FEN SOLO SHOW", Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italy
"FROM DESIRES TO WHERE?", Tang gallery, Bankok, Thailand
"ALORS, LA CHINE? Center Pompidou, Paris, France
"CHINA CONTEMPORARY ART", Sweden
"FACING NATURE", Inner Spaces, Poznan, Poland
"HOW BIG IS THE WORLD?", Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
"OUT OF THE RED", Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italy
"TOO MUCH FLAVOR, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA
"JUNCTION/ARCHITECTURAL EXHIBITION OFF CHINESE CONTEMPORARY", Lianyyang Architecture Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2002
"The 1st GUANGZHOU TRIENNIAL", Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
"SHANGHAI BIENNALE", Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
"PARIS-PEKING", Espace Cardin, Paris, France
"EVERYDAY ATTITUDE", PingYao International photo Festival, PingYao, China
"NEW PHOTOGRAPHY FROM CHINA", Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
"CHINESE MODERNITY", Museum de Arte Brasileira-MAB, Sao Paulo, Brazil
"TOO MUCH FLAVOR", 3H Art Center, Shanghai, China
"HOW BIG IS THE WORLD?" OK Contemporary Art Center, Linz, Austria
2001
"1ST CHENGDU BIENNALE", Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, China
"VIRTUAL FUTURE", Guangdong Museum of Art, Guongzhou, China
"L,ALBUM DE LA FAMILLE CHINA SEPTEMBER DE LA PHOTO, Galerie Soardi, Nice, France
2000
"CHINA AVANT-GARDE", Artists Documents Exhibition, FuKuoKa Museum of Art, Japan
"NORMAL AND ABNORMAL", Yuangong Art Gallery, Shanghai, China
1999
"POST-SENSE SENSIBILITY: ALIEN BODIES AND DELUSION", Beijing, China