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Artist Biography
Weng Fen 翁奮 - Born in 1961
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The transitional phases and changes in China since its opening up in the 1980's, both physically and emotionally, have been the source of inspiration for Weng Peijun (Weng Fen) and his work. In his earlier series 'Sitting on the Wall' and 'Bird's Eye View', Weng's epic images focus on the upraising of urbanism in cities such as Haikou, Shanghai and Shenzhen. His subjects start out as outsiders looking into this overwhelming transformation with anticipation, fear and curiosity to being in the centre of it all. Weng then follows and evolves inwardly, shifting his attention from physical changes to emotional and spiritual transformations, from urban cities to rural countries, exploring the possibility of finding an otherworldly utopia, a place that may have existed all along in our hearts and minds, in our memories and those innocent times, which results in the acclaimed 'Staring at The Sea' series.

This exhibition will present Weng's stunning and breath-taking new series, 'Staring at The Lake', for the first time internationally. All images in this series are taken in England's Lake District and represent a new beginning in his search of the imaginable utopia. Weng once again evolves from his subject matters, tackling the issues of travelling, migration and globalisation affecting China and its people with the same sensibility and precision shown in his previous works.

Weng Fen has been exhibited worldwide in Asia, Europe and America, including the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Shanghai Art Museum, the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, the Mori Museum in Tokyo, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany, the International Centre of Photography in New York and the Singapore Art Museum.
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Public and Private Collections
Selected solo and group exhibitions
2006
Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong "Time is Money – Let some people get rich first" Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland "Majong – Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg" Hamburger Kunsthalle , Germany
2005
Guangzhou Triennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China "A Strange Heaven Contemporary Chinese Photography", Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland “Majong - Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg" Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland "Body temperatur" Millenium Art Museum, Beijing, China "Between Past and Future: New Photography & Video from China", Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA "Between Past and Future: New Photography & Video…", Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA
2004
Chinese Contemporary Photography, MOCA Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
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