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Ren Hang – Naked/Nude

Art | January 31, 2017 |

ren-hang_002Image courtesy of Foam Fotografiemuseum

Ren Hang – Naked/Nude
Foam Fotografiemuseum/Foam 3h
Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam
27 January – 12 March 2017


Provocative, but also poetic. Foam is exhibiting the explicit photographs of Ren Hang (1987, CN). The photographer was selected by the Outset | Unseen Exhibition Fund during the Unseen Photo Fair 2016, his exhibition at Foam is the result. Naked youths, mostly Chinese and every one as beautiful and unashamed as the next, take centre stage in the work of Ren Hang. Swans, peacocks, fish and snakes, as well as cherries, apples, flowers, plants and trees are all employed as absurd yet poetic accessories.


ren-hang_001Image courtesy of Foam Fotografiemuseum


The male models usually come from Hang’s own circle of friends, while the female models apply through the photographer’s website. The girls all meet his ideal of beauty: lily-white skin, usually black hair, red lipstick and painted nails. They pose willingly in well-balanced poses, or intimately entwined in sophisticated bodily compositions.


ren-hang_003Image courtesy of Foam Fotografiemuseum


Although very much staged and often provocatively explicit in the display of sexual organs, Ren Hang’s work is not necessarily pornographic.In his work, the human body takes on sculptural forms and seems primarily to want to break through the taboos surrounding the body and the sexes.



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