Rebellious Chinese Artist, Ren Hang Creates Raunchy Photographs With Attention To Detail

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Chinese artists Ren Hang creates provocative staged photography that focuses on exposing highly fetishistic, mind bending scenes. Hang’s attention to detail and great sense of composition deem the photographs as visually stunning even if it subjects are a bit raunchy and bizarre at times.

Ren Hang’s work is not all about just about naked men and women in weird poses, however. It powerfulness as a political tool is probably the most redeeming quality of his work. Hang’s homeland of (China) is highly conservative and its conventional codes in art and communication will not, and will probably never accept Hang’s work. You are probably thinking that his story is very similar to that of dissident Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei. Consequently, Hang’s rejected work was found to be a reinvigorating addition to the newly flourishing group of young Chinese artists, and because of that, Hang was invited by artist Ai Weiwei to collaborate with him. Hang was part of one of Shanghai’s most pivotal group show to date, ‘Fuck Off’ (2000), which showcased the new wave of 21st century Chinese artists. Ren Hang was also included in ‘Fuck Off:  2′, which took place in the Netherlands back in 2008; the show has been traveling around the world since its debut.

Although Ren Hang’s work has been banned in many parts of China, he is still part of some Chinese galleries. He has also been exhibited widely in Russia, Italy, France, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Austria. (via Juxtapoz)

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Ai Wei Wei’s Politically Powerful New Installations For The 2013 Venice Biennale

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Iconic Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei has never shied away from political ideas in his art.  His contributions to this year’s Venice Biennale are no exception.  Bang utilizes 886 stools to create this sprawling installation.  Such three legged stools were traditionally handcrafted and a common item in many Chinese households.   They had numerous uses and were often passed down through generations.  With the onset of the Cultural Revolution and modernization such stools soon disappeared.  The enormous structure seems to have grown uncontrollably but organically – much like the explosion of growth in population urban centers, and consumer products.

Straight addresses the tragic 2008 Sichuan Earthquake and specifically the thousands of children’s lives claimed by the disaster.  Ai Wei Wei straightened 150 tons of mangled steel rebar and neatly stacked in the project space.  While bringing to mind the suspicion of shoddy school construction the installation also serves as a vehicle to mourn, remember, and address.  Straight reflects Ai Wei Wei’s desire to straighten out the complexities and problems surrounding the massive casualties.  [via]

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