Wang Qingsong: Fotofest

ARTIST
Wang Qingsong 王慶松

CURATORs
Xiaoyan Yang 楊小彥
Steven Dragonn 龍邃洋

EXHIBITION DATES
Apr 3 – MAy 30, 2021

GALLERY HOURS
TU–Sa: 12–6 PM; M, SU: CLOSED


This exhibition is selected in 2021 Capture Photography Festival, Vancouver. Wang Qingsong is Capture’s inaugural Printing Prize recipient. The Capture Printing Prize is generously supported by Wesgroup.

Seemingly a humanistic landscape, the photography festival has become an industry chain around photography in modern society. In China, this is referred to as “culture perform on the stage built by economy”, but the traditional social form becomes strange under the impact of the western modernization wave. Wang Qingsong‘s works are deeply inserted into the current situation in China with his unique acumen. He uses images as a weapon and photography as a medium, trying to flip out a kind of criticism of reality, in order to let people laugh when facing his works, so as to experience the absurd essence in the confrontation. Fotofest is just such a type of work. The exhibition Fotofest, taken from Wang’s work of the same title, is used as the title of participating in the Capture Photography Festival 2021, giving it another dimension of thinking.

Living and working in Beijing, Wang Qingsong graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts and began to engage in image creation in 1996. He has held more than 40 solo exhibitions in many art museums and galleries in domestic and abroad, as well as participated in many important international biennales such as the Venice Biennale. His works have been collected by more than 60 public art museums including the New York International Photography Center, MoMA, and the Getty Museum. As one of the most important artists in Asian photography, Wang Qingsong reshapes the rapidly changing of Chinese contemporary society through photography, with large scales, civilian perspectives and gaudy popular aesthetics, combined with painting, stage and among the other visual languages.

This exhibition is jointly curated by senior Chinese curator Yang Xiaoyan and independent curator Steven Dragonn. Picks from Wang Qingsong’s collection, eight large representative photography combine the context of art history, and two video works are selected to show as a tailor-made exhibition for participating in the Capture Photography Festival.

This exhibition contains work that may not be suitable for some viewers.

About the Artist

Wang Qingsong, graduated from Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, has lived and worked in Beijing since 1993, and started photography making in 1996. Wang has held 40 solo exhibitions in many art museums and galleries, and he also participated in many international biennales such as the Gwangju Biennale, Taipei Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Shanghai Biennale, Venice Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, Kiev Biennale. Wang achieved Outreach Award in Renocontres de la Photographie in Arles, France in 2006. He also participated in curatorial commission such as The Yangtze International Photography Biennale and Golden Panda Photography Award in Chengdu, China, as well as other exhibitions. He is currently the art director of Chengdu Contemporary Image Museum.

His works have been collected by over 60 public art museum around the world, including the New York International Photography Center, MoMA, Getty Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco MoMA, Queensland Art Museum in Australia, Mori Art Museum in Japan, Mito Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan, National Art Museum of Brazil, European Center of Photography in Paris, France, MUMOK in Austria, National Art Gallery of Victoria in Australia, V&A Museum in UK, Daegu Art Museum of South Korea, Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts in China, Fine Art Museum of Guangdong, China, Fine Art Museum of Hubei, China, etc.

Wang Qingsong, MOMA Studio, 170x300cm,Inkjet print, 2005
Wang Qingsong, Fotofest, 170x300cm, Inkjet print, 2005
Wang Qingsong, Dormitory, 170x400cm, Inkjet print, 2005