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Dedicated Posthumous Exhibition of Works by Ren Hang

  by Kate Ng
Photographer & Artist Ren Hang. Image Courtesy of Odalïsque M.


Alongside the participating galleries and dealers and other public programs available throughout the duration of the fair, Spotlight sits in the center of the limelight as it presents an exhibition of the final works printed and authenticated by the celebrated late Chinese photographer, Ren Hang. 


"Untitled" (2014) by Ren Hang. Courtesy of KWM Artcenter Beijing. 


A curated PHOTOFAIRS initiative, Spotlight aims to encapsulate the works and provocative artistic practice Ren Hang along with his contributions to contemporary photography.


"Untitled" (2016) by Ren Hang. Courtesy of KWM Artcenter Beijing. 


Originally displayed at the KWM artcenter in Beijing, the 19 works from Hang’s “Beauty without Beards” series will be on show at PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai 2017 for the first time in an international forum in China since Hang’s passing in Feburary 2017 at the age of 29.


"Untitled" (2014) by Ren Hang. Courtesy of KWM Artcenter Beijing. 


Ren Hang’s work is often associated within a sexual-political framework, however Spotlight hopes to demonstrate the artist’s natural attraction and affinity with photography, highlighting instead his interest for poetic abstraction of the human body.


"Untitled" (2013) by Ren Hang. Courtesy of KWM Artcenter Beijing. 


Ren selects subjects from among those close to him and Beijing’s creative community rather than use professional models creating a more intimate and personal interaction between the photographer and subject. A self-taught photographer, Ren shot spontaneously, capturing lines, textures movement and emotion in a single frame. The celebrated photographer never saw his work as a means to "push boudaries" of what is accepted in society, but merely "does what he does". 


"Untitled" (2013) by Ren Hang. Courtesy of KWM Artcenter Beijing. 


By looking at the context in which Ren Hang creates his works, perhaps there is a new side to his creative processes yet to be explored. This exhibition is definitely not one to be missed and we'll let Ren's works speak for themselves. 


"Untitled" (2014) by Ren Hang. Courtesy of KWM Artcenter Beijing. 



As Asia Pacific’s leading contemporary art fair dedicated to photography and the moving image, PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai 2017 is a confluence of international galleries, collectors and curators in one place! This year, the fourth edition of the fair will be held at the Shanghai Exhibition Center from 8 - 10 September 2017. More information can be found on the official PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai 2017 site here.