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.

more. www.ostlicht.at

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


Boundary Space: Ishmael Randall Weeks

Art | May 13, 2021

This March we present Boundary Space, Lima-based sculptor Ishmael Randall Weeks’ (Cusco, 1976) first solo exhibition in the Middle East. Randall Week’s sculptures and two-dimensional works made of adobe, mineral substrates, rattan screens, mud, glass and metal constitute a world that emerges from history and memory, navigating between the contemporary, the archaic, tradition and folklore. Read more


OPENING: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR…

Events | April 26, 2021

Venice International Art Fair, organized by ITSLIQUID Group in collaboration with Venice Events and ACIT Venice - Italian-German Cultural Association, will be held in Venice, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space from May 10 to June 03, 2021, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello from May 11 to June 03, 2021 and in other prestigious venues and historical buildings. Read more


Veronica Ryan: Along a Spectrum

Art | April 25, 2021

Spike Island presents a major exhibition of new works by British artist Veronica Ryan (b. 1956, Montserrat). Supported by Freelands Foundation through the Freelands Award, this is Ryan’s largest and most ambitious exhibition in the UK to date. Read more


Biennale Architettura 2021: The Danish…

Architecture | April 22, 2021

Con-nect-ed-ness: The Danish Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia focuses on people’s connection with each other and with nature, in a total installation consisting of a giant cyclic system of water collected locally in Venice. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!