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QINGSONG, Wang

PORTRAIT_QINGSONG2Born in 1966 in the Heilongjiang Province, China.

Lives and works in Beijing.


Wang Qingsong worked for eight years as a painter working in oil. He was accepted into Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1991. After graduation, he moved to Beijing. Witnessing the drastic transformations affecting this big city, he found that paint and brush failed to capture the dramatic speed of modernization, with the influx of new ideas and consumerism. In 1996, he switched to photography, a better tool to get hold of the tempo and ethos of urban cities, using it to stage large-scale tableaux vivants. His photo work, like pieces concentrating a multitude of observations, vividly depicts the current China in his mind, referring to many unsatisfactory sections in this blindfolded chase for urbanization.


Wang Qingsong presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2011: The history of monuments at the église des Trinitaires; in 2007 for the collective exhibition Chai-na / China at the Atelier de Mécanique and in 2006 Glorious Life at the Magasin Electrique.