XIN DANWEN

Born in Xi’an, 1967. After studying Fine Art at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts from 1982 – 1986, Xing went on to study a BFA at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing from 1988 – 1992. After this she studied a MFA in Photo and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts, New York.

Xing Danwen is one of the most active Chinese artist in today’s contemporary art scene, as well as one of few earliest artists using photography as an art form in the early 90s in China. Her artistic practice is both rich and varied, and her subjects are extensive, such as body, memories, sex, cultural status, globalization, consumption and desire – are all her concerns and personal interests. The issues of reality and fiction, fact and illusion often play an important role in her works. In the series Urban Fiction Xing addresses the globalization of urban landscapes. She uses both photographs shot on film and digitally manipulated to create a playful and fictitious world. In the new urban living spaces that she creates, inhabited by figures who inject a drop of life to the scenes.

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1967
Born in Xi'an, China
1998-2000
MFA Photo and Related Media, at the School of Visual Arts, New York, USA
1988-92
BFA Fine Art (Painting), at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
1982-86
Fine Art (Painting), at the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, Xi'an, China

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2004
"disCONNEXION", Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, USA
"URBAN FICTION", Galerie Piece Unique, Paris, France
"DIS + DUP", Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2002
"disLOCATION", The 2nd PingYao International Photo Festival, Shanxi, China
"CHINA AVANT-GARDE", LEE, Ka-sing Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1994
"WITH CHINESE EYES", Gallery Grauwert, Hamburg, Germany

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006
"ON THE EDGE", Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, USA
"BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE - NEW PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO FROM CHINA", Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, USA
2005
"CITY OF DREAMS", The Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK
"ON THE EDGE", The Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford, USA
"BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE - NEW PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO FROM CHINA", Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
2004
"GROTESQUE REALITY", The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
"DIE CHINESEN - CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO IN CHINA", Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
"STRANGE PLANET: THE EFFECTS OF CULTURAL AMBIGUITY", Georgia State University, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery, Atlanta, USA
"THE 55th PREMIO MICHETTI", Museo Michetti, Francavilla al mare, Italy
"REALITY SPELLS - EXHIBITION OF CHINESE CONCEPTUAL PHOTOGRAPHY FROM 90", Art Map, Hong Kong, China
"MIX-ED", Sherman Gallery, Sydney, Australia
"REASON & EMOTION" - the Biennale of Sydney at Museum of Contemporary Art, in Sydney, Australia "BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE - NEW PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO FROM CHINA", International Center for Photography & Asian Society, New York; Smart Museum of Art & Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
"CHINESE EYES", Goedhuis Contemporary Gallery, New York, USA
"GLOBALIA", Frauen Museum, Bonn, Germany
"GUANYIN - TEMPI DI DONNE", Galleria Sala 1, Roma, Italy
"SHE", Art Season gallery, Beijing, China
"ME, ME, ME", Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
"JE T'ENVISAGE: LA DISPARITION DU PORTRAIT (Making Faces: The Death of the Portrait)", The Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland
2003
"TOGETHER WITH MIGRANTS", Today Art Gallery, Beijing, China
"CHINESE MAXIMALISM", UB Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA
"CONTEMPORARY CHINESE ART", Kristianstads Konsthall, Kristianstad, Sweden
"CARA A CARA", Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
"GLOBAL DETAIL", Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Ja Groningen, Netherlands
"LES RENCONTRES D'ARLES FESTIVAL", Arles, France
"THE AMERICAN EFFECTS", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
"ALORS, LA CHINE?", Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
"SPATIAL NARRATIVE - CONTEMPORARY ASIAN PHOTOGRAPHY", Japan Society, New York, USA
"ROMA PHOTO FESTIVAL", Rome, Italy
"SPLIT: WOMAN IN DISLOCATION", Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, New York, USA
"CHINE(S) - VideoArt & Experimental Cinema from China & Taiwan" at LightCone, in Paris, France
"CHINESE MAXIMALISM", Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China
2002
"1st GUANGZHOU TRIENNIAL:REINTERPRETATION - A DECADE OF EXPERIMENTAL CHINESE ART (1990-2000)", Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
"NEW YORK", Damasquine Contemporary Art gallery, Brussels, Belgium
"LANDSCAPE OF SUR-CONSUMING", Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China
"QUEENS INTERNATIONAL", Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA
2001
"MEGA WAVE - TOWARDS A NEW SYNTHESIS", YOKOHAMA TRIENNIAL, Yokohama, Japan
"MOIS DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE", MAMAC - Nice Museum of Modern Art, Nice, France
"1st TIRANA BIENNALE", Tirana, Albania
"CHINA FEST" Berlin, Germany
"SVA 10 YEARS MOVING IMAGES", Anthology Cinema, New York, USA
"DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS", Matthew Marks gallery, New York, USA
2000
"4 PERSONS SHOW", Chinese Contemporary Gallery, London, UK
"CHINESE CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY", Ethan Cohen Fine Arts Gallery, New York, USA
1999
"BEIJING - THE REVOLUTIONARY CAPITAL", Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, UK
"TRANSIENCE - CHINESE EXPERIMENTAL ART AT THE END OF THE 20th CENTURY", Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover; University of Oregon Museum of Art, Eugene, USA
1998
"CENTURY/WOMEN", China National Gallery, Beijing, China
1996
"CHINA TODAY", China Art Festival, Munich, Germany
1995
"WITNESS", Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

COLLECTION
Whitney Museum of American Art, USA The Progressive Corporation, USA
JGS Foundation, USA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, USA
ICP, International Center for Photography, USA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA
George Pompidou Center, France
Guangdong Museum of Art, China

GRANTS/AWARDS
2003
Best Publishing Project Award from Les Rencontres d'Arles Festival, Arles, France
1998-2001
Grant & Fellowship from Asian Cultural Council, New York, USA
1998-2000
Chairman's Grant from School of Visual Arts, New York, USA

PUBLICATION
2004
"A PERSONAL DIARY OF CHINESE AVANT-GARDE ART IN 1990s", a book by SCALO