paris: china naked

© ren hang

ren hang is a young photographer and poet based in beijing. very much part of china's new generation, hang's work is marked by exploration, individuality and provocation, and understandably doesn't earn him as many accolades back home as in the west. hang's current main topics are sexuality and chinese youth, and it's perhaps no surprise that his candid photographs are banned by many art galleries in his home country and have earned him the reputation of being asia's very own terry richardson. hang captures the sexual behaviour of chinese youth in a visual poetry of sorts, without any moral judgement or questions, but focuses on the raw energy and bare facts - pun intended - themselves. defending his artistic view against criticism from authorities back home, hang says that the naked body is a person's most authentic appearance and that his photographs are in fact about real life. opening on fri - jan 17 [7pm] at nue galerie in paris is la chine à nu(e), an exhibition that presents an exemplary range of his revealing photography. the artist will be present at the opening. location: 29 rue méhul [pantin].

© ren hang