Rong Rong's East Village. Limited edition portfolio (1993-1998).
Rong Rong, Rong Rong's East Village. Limited edition portfolio. Courtesy of the Artist and Chambers Fine Art.
Born in 1968 in Zhangzhou, Fujian. Lives and
works in Beijing.
Rong Rong is a Chinese photographer and artist,
who in 1993 began the long-term photographic study on the young avant-garde
performers and artists who were living in the area of Beijing’s East Village.
The VENICE INTERNATIONAL
PERFORMANCE ART WEEK exhibits Rong Rong's
East Village (1993-1998), a limited edition portfolio of forty of the most
memorable photographs taken between 1993 and 1998. The photographs are divided
into three groups according to their subjects and dates of execution. The first
group, taken from 1993 to June 1994, portrays the East Village's artistic
community in its original location. The second group records continuing
performances by East Village artists from late 1994 to 1997, after the
community had been forced to disperse. The third group consists of Rong Rong's
self-portraits taken in his East Village days. Accompanying the photographs are
extracts from the diary Rong Rong kept while he was living in the East Village
with an extensive commentary by Wu Hung, entitled Rong Rong's East Village. His introspective photographs of ruins,
artist friends, self-portraits and disparate subjects reveal an artist just
beginning to analyse, discern and process the transformations in his life and
Courtesy of the Artist and Chambers Fine Art
Gallery, New York.
Rong Rong, Rong Rong's East Village. (1993-1998) Detail of the exhibition view. Venice International Performance Art Week (2014). Photograph by Samanta Cinquini.
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