Ren Hang exhibition at OstLicht Galerie | ITSLIQUID

Ren Hang exhibition at OstLicht Galerie

Art | April 3, 2015 |

Ren HangImage courtesy of Ren Hang

Ren Hang exhibition at OstLicht Galerie

Provocative and direct. At the same time, aesthetic, humorous and poetic. The photographs of the Chinese artist Ren Hang (b. 1987) fascinate because of their radical imagery. OstLicht Galerie für Fotografie presents the most comprehensive exhibition of the young shooting star in Europe to date. Ren Hang’s analogue photographs are about human emotions, relationships and friendships, and also fear and loneliness.

Ren HangImage courtesy of Ren Hang

Young women and men – mostly friends of the artist – pose naked in vulnerable, occasionally explicit poses. With their gaze often directed straight at the camera, the models always assume an active role. In the portraits, taken in front of monochromatic backdrops, on the roof of high-rise buildings or in natural landscapes, animals such as snakes, birds or cats and flowers appear as props. In twisted poses and unusual arrangements, bodies are an abstract element to Ren Hang. The naked human body becomes a malleable sculpture and is thus desexualised. Still, the artist’s photographs are always suffused with a subtle humour.

Ren HangImage courtesy of Ren Hang

Living and working in Beijing, Ren Hang is influenced by Chinese culture and his immediate environment. His images also constitute a portrait of his own generation and of China’s urban youth culture, longing for individual freedom and spiritual liberty. They reflect a spontaneous lifestyle which seeks out liberty. Hang’s intimate photographs directly challenge moral and social taboos in China by exploring the human body and sexuality, especially homosexuality, which was considered a mental illness in China until 2001.

Ren HangImage courtesy of Ren Hang

His experience of regular censorship has influenced his artistic practice and the aesthetic of his photographs. On the one hand, they are carefully censored, yet on the other hand, they are inherently of the moment: a consequence of his – not always voluntarily – quick working method.

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