Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Profile : Xing Danwen

I have been following the work of Xing Danwen , she has ranged from classic black and white photography with project such as " I am a woman" or "Born with cultural revolution" to a more concept photography supported by some digital touch in latest works like "Wallhouse" and the much acclaimed " Urban Fiction". I do like the photos done with Holga in a panoramic setting of the series "Scroll"
here a note from her biography:
Xing Danwen is one of the most active and acclaimed of China's contemporary artists. Originally trained as a painter at Xi'an Academy of Fine Art and Beijing's Central Academy of Fine Art, Xing Danwen turned to photography in the 1980s. In 1989, she photographed student democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square and went on to travel throughout China as a photojournalist documenting Tibetan villagers and coal miners. Throughout the 1990s, she chronicled the experimental performances of a new generation of artists living and working in Beijing's East Village in a series entitled "A Personal Diary of Chinese Avant-Garde Art in the 1990s" and became one of the earliest contemporary artists in China to explore the medium of photography as an art form. She received her M.F.A. degree in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2001. Since then, she has created critical and conceptual works that explore the increasing impact of China's ongoing transformation. Fiction, truth and illusion often play an important role in her works, especially in the recent series "Urban Fiction," which is included in the exhibition "Stairway to Heaven: From Chinese Streets to Monuments and Skyscrapers" at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute.