New Geographies of Feminist Art: China, Asia, and the World

Xing Danwen

Xing Danwen, Wall House, 2007, 160×120 cm, from the artist’s website.

Xing Danwen was born in Xi’an, China. She did her BFA at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. In the late 80s, coincidentally she met photography and was immediately drawn into this medium. As a self-taught photographer she was the one of a few artists in late 80s and 90s in China that was exploring the boundaries of photography and using photography as an art form. Through the camera, she observed and challenged the questions on the Chinese society, humanity, female identity and the generation that was born 60s. She earned her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York with the chairman grant from SVA. Danwen exhibits domestically and internationally, including Whitney Museum of American Art, Pompidou Center, International center for Photography, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1st Yokohama Triennale, Sydney Biennale 2004, and others. Her works are collected widely by museums and privates, including Whitney Museum, Pompidou, ICP, SF MoMA, FNAC, the Progressive, Groupe Lhoist, etc. She currently lives and works in Beijing. 

Xing’s work is discussed in Shu-chin Tsui’s presentation The Gendering of Space: From Ruin Aesthetics to Urban Narratives.


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