Photographer Ren Hang has certainly made a name for himself. In art circles around the world as photography's new blood, shooting his friends in the nude and avoiding the arm of the law back in his homeland of China – where his name is known for a different reason. Notably, to the authorities who are hell bent on censoring him – even threatening him with arrest. “They won’t bother my lifestyle, but they will arrest me if I’m taking pictures outside,” says the Beijing-born artist. For the moment, he’s in New York at Capricious 88 gallery where his work has just gone on display in an exhibition titled 2014, his first in the city.
Ren Hang | Untitled | 2013 | C-print | Editions of: 10
Hangs's imagery is often provocative and explicit which has made it difficult to publicly show part of his work in China. Despite this, his images have been exhibited widely in Russia, Italy, France, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Austria and in China as well
A Premio Terna 03 (Terna Prize for Contemporary Art) winner, Ren has exhibited at ART BASEL Hong Kong, Paris Photo and was invited by Ai Weiwei for the 2013 group exhibition “Fuck Off 2” at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands; showcasing the new wave of the 21st century Chinese art scene are some of this young artists’ achievements.
Hang has also published seven monographs:
Ren Hang, Room, Nude, My Depression, Republic, Son & Bitch and The Brightest Light Runs Too Fast
All works available at Hamburg Kennedy photographs.