Han Bing

Han Bing, Dionysus Bridge Garbage Station, 2005, Single-Exposure C-Print Photograph 39 x 59 inches, 100 x 150 cm

Han Bing, Coiled Dragon Pillars: Urban Amber, 2007, Single-Exposure C-Print Photograph, 39 x 59 inches, 100 x 150 cm

Han Bing, Endless Road, 2005, Single-Exposure C-Print Photograph, 39 x 59 inches, 100 x 150 cm

Han Bing, Twilight Hi-Rise, Single-Exposure C-Print Photograph, 39 x 59 inches, 100 x 150 cm

Han Bing, Fallen Leaves, Polluted Water, Street walkers, and Johns, 2005, 39 x 59 inches, 100 x 150 cm

Han Bing, Gold Autumn, 2005, Single-Exposure C-Print Photograph, 39 x 59 inches, 100 x 150 cm 

Han Bing, East Wind II, 2005, Single-Exposure C-Print Photograph, 39 x 59 inches, 100 x 150 cm 

Han Bing, Grove, 2005, Single-Exposure C-Print Photograph, 39 x 59 inches, 100 x 150 cm

Han Bing, Indigo Night, 2005, Single-Exposure C-Print Photograph, 39 x 59 inches, 100 x 150 cm 

Han Bing, Moon Stained Darkness: Urban Amber, 2005, 39 x 59 inches, 100 x 150 cm 

Han Bing, Lotus Pond Sketch, 2011, Single-Exposure C-Print Photograph, 59 x 39 inches, 100 x 150 cm 

Han Bing, The Rain of Petalstus Pond Sketch, 2011, Single-Exposure C-Print Photograph, 39 x 59 inches, 100 x 150 cm 

Han Bing, Tower: Urban Amber, 2005, Single-Exposure C-Print Photograph, 59 x 39 inches, 100 x 150 cm

Han Bing, Plaza of Dionysus Bridge, 2005, Single-Exposure C-Print Photograph, 39 x 59 inches, 100 x 150 cm

Han Bing, Rose River, 2011, Single-Exposure C-Print Photograph, 30.5 x 53 inches, 78 x 135 cm

Han Bing, Polluted Veil of Lace, 2005, Single-Exposure C-Print Photograph, 39 x 59 inches, 100 x 150 cm 

Han Bing, The Stars Light Our Way, 2005, Single-Exposure C-Print Photograph, 39 x 59 inches, 100 x 150 cm

Han Bing, The Commercial Center on Sewage River Bank, 2011, Single-Exposure C-Print Photograph, 39 x 59 inches, 100 x 150 cm

Han Bing, Red Flags Flying on Skyline Cranes, 2005, Single-Exposure C-Print Photograph, 39 x 59 inches, 100 x 150 cm

Biography

Han Bing

Han Bing grew up in an impoverished village in rural China. After fifteen years of labor in the rural areas, in Beijing, he was moved by the harsh contrast between the urbanized “Chinese dream” propelling the nation’s struggle to become “modern”, and the cruel realities of those left behind, or trodden underfoot in this stampede. Exploring the struggles and desires of ordinary people in China’s “theater of modernization”, his works invert quotidian practice, reinvent everyday objects and ask us to rethink the order of things. Han Bing’s works are dedicated to Social Praxis of Art.

In Urban Amber, Han Bing’s visual interventions also raise questions about the paradoxes of desire. Desire for Han Bing is an irreducibly bifurcated modality, that is, it has powerful manifestations and effects that can be both beautiful and poisonous. In his conceptual photography series of single-exposure images, Urban Amber, this paradox takes on a different form. The spectre of glamorous high-rises, those icons of middle-class China’s dream of home and a better life, are juxtaposed to the rundown, temporary dwellings of the urban poor living in their shadows. These fantasy high-rises appear resplendent and dream-like until you realize that their inverted images are reflected in Beijing’s ubiquitous, industrial-waste and garbage-infested “stink rivers”. Like amber, these rivers capture sediment of the times, showing us through a mirror darkly, the underbelly of China’s fantasy of modernity. 

Solo Exhibitions

2013        Han Bing: Reversed Dreamscapes, Hua Gallery, London

2010        A cry from the narrow between: Han Bing with Tejal Shah, Escape Gallery, New Delhi, India

2010        Forever-Were desecrated in order to be tried: Han Bing, Khoj Space, New Delhi, India

2008        The Walking the Cabbage Project (2000-2008), The International 3, Manchester, UK

2007        Everyday Desire in the Theater of Chinese Modernization, Beursschouwburg Art Center, Brussels, Belgium

2007        The Fatalistic Language of Things: Han Bing, Columbia Museum of Art USA

2007        Age of Big Construction, Beijing New arts Project Space, Beijing

2007        On the stage of Modernization: Han Bing, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, USA

2007        Walking the Cabbage Across America, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Houston, Miami, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Natchez, Columbia, Baton Rouge, USA

2006        Other Modernities: Han Bing Solo Exhibition, Bamboo Lane Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2006        The Other Shore of desire, UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, Los Angeles, USA

2006        Love in the Age of Big Construction, IEAS Center, University of California, Berkeley, USA

2006        Han Bing – Quotidian Iconic & Orimoto Tatsumi – Quotidian Holy Mother, Tokyo Jing art Gallery, Shanghai, PRC

2006        Walking the Cabbage in Tokyo, Ginza, Harajuku, Akihabara, Shinjuku, Tokyo subway lines, Shin Tokorazawa, Shibuya, Japan

2002        Strolling Bones II, Guangzhou Art Museum, PRC

2000        Fixed in Place, Beijing Train Station, Dianmn, Bell Drum Tower, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, PRC

2000        Walking the Cabbage Projects (2000-20008), Beijing Film Studios, Beijing Subway, Jiaoshan, Shanhaiguan, Jinshaling Great Wall, Beijing Subways and bus-lines, Military Museum, Wangfujing, Tiananmen Square, Beijing, Dali and                     Shanghai locales, PRC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011        10th Korea Performance Art Spirit (Kopas) Korea Experimental Arts Festival (KEAF), Seoul, Korea,

2011        Homologous the actual and virtual - - Beijing New Media Arts Exhibition 2011, Shong Zhuang Art Center,

2011        Excrescence exhibition, Guilt Gallery, Mumbai, India NEW AGE: Australia-China International New Media Arts Exhibition, Chinese Central Academy of Fine arts Museum, Yuanboyuan International Exhibition Center, Hangzhou Art                       Expo, Sichuan Art Academy, Chongqing, Songzhuang Art Museum. The Art Yard, Lhasa. Beijing, PRC

2011        The Document Exhibition of Chinese Performance Art - - 1985-2010, Shong Zhuang Art Center

2010        Pot Luck: food and art, PM Gallery & House, London, UK

2010        The 12th Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Detour International Exhibition

2010        Some place else, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2010        Pot Luck: food and art, PM Gallery & House, London, UK

2010        Detour-ShangHai, Bund 18, Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, ShangHai 

2009        The 10th Open International Performance Art Festival, Open Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, PRC

2009        Proyecto Genero III, Espace Cultural Ample, Barcelona, Spain 

2009        Detour – Tokyo, MoMA, Tokyo

2009        Pot Luck: food and art, New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK

2009        Made in China, Museum of New Art (MONA), Art Channel Gallery, Beijing  

2009        Journey to the End of the Night, Yan Club Arts Center 798 Art Factory, Beijing, PRC

2009        China Avant-Garde – Landscape in Transit, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2009        Action – Camera: Beijing Performance Photography, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

2009        Made in China – Five Year Anniversary Exhibition, Espace Cultural Ample, Barcelona, Spain

2008        Asia Triennial Manchester 2008 (ATM 2008), Manchester, England, UK

2008        Texas Collects Asia: Contemporary Art, The Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art Muse, Dallas, USA

2008        China…Forward!!!! Tsum, Moscow, Galerie Albert Benamou, Paris, France

2008        Memory, Red Star Gallery, 798, Beijing, PRC

2008        Proyecto Genero II, Espace Cultural Ample, Barcelona, Spain

2008        Multiple Realities, F2 Gallery, Beijing, PRC

2008        Interval of Silence, Red Star Gallery, 798, Beijing, PRC

2008        Kitai Vperod!!! China, Forward!!! Tsum, Moscow, Russia

2008        Detour Paris, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2008        China Under Construction II, Fotofest 12th Photography Biennial, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, USA

2007        Rencontres  D’Arles Photography Festival, China – Chai-na Exhibition, Arles, France

2007        Third Annual Sino – Japanese International Performance Art Exchange, Beijing, PRC

2007        Performance Festival Pasage de la Paz, Espace Cultural Ample, Barcelona, Spain

2007        Love Expo, OFF*Ample, Espace Cultural Ample, Barcelona, Spain

2007        Dragon’s Evolution: Chinese Contemporary Photography, China Square, NYC, USA

2007        Detour Exhibition, Director’s Art Club, New York City, USA

2007        Night and Day Contemporary Art Exhibition, AKA Gallery, Rome, Italy

2007        China’s Performance Art Photography, Inter Arts Center, Beijing

2007        The First Exhibition of Art Documents, Shangshang Art museum, Beijing, PRC

2007        Barcelona – Paris – Pekin, Espace Cultural Ample, Barcelona, Spain

2007        Three Dimensions, Front Line Contemporary, Beijing, PRC

2007        Mortal Worlds Contemporary Art Exhibition, Reflex Gallery, Paris, France

2007        Dragon’s Evolution, 798 International Art Festival, Beijing, PRC

2007        Fractured Visions: Chinese Video Art, Center for Asian Studies, University of South Carolina

2007        The Fragmented Gaze: Video Art from the PRC, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, USA

2006        Proyecto Genero, Espace Cultural Ample, Barcelona, Spain

2006        Misalignments: Chinese Performance Art Documenta, University of California, Berkeley, Institute of East Asian Studies, USA

2006        Engagements and Estrangements, Contemporary Chinese Exchange, Toronto, Canada

2006        The Nekromantics, Temporary Contemporary, London, UK

2006        Open International Performance Art Festival, Must Be Contemporary Art Center, 798, PRC

2006        Beyond Experience: The New China, Arario Beijing, PRC

2006        UNESCO’s Together with Migrants Festival, SOHO, Beijing, PRC

2006        China – Chai-na Exhibition, Dashanzi International Art Festival, 798 Factory, Beijing, PRC

2005        Tian An Men-Gate to Heaven, Fotografiemuseum (FOAM) Amsterdam, Netherlands

2005        China Action 1: Video Art Exhibition, Centre Choregraphique National de Tours, France

2005        Ambiguity: Hide Dily, Zero Field Art Center, 798 Factory, Beijing, PRC

2005        Transborder Language Performance Art Exhibition: DIAF & Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing, PRC

2005        Vehicle and Mirror Exhibition, Beijing New Art Projects, 798 Factory, Beijing, PRC

2004        Performance Art in 798: Photographic Memory, Thinking Hands Projects, Beijing, PRC

2004        Tian An-Men, Chinese-Eyes Gallery, Paris, France

2004        Sense of Fragility Exhibition, Italian Embassy, Beijing, PRC

2003        The First Dadao Live Art Festival. 798 Festival, Beijing, PRC

2003        I’m China – China Photography and Video 2003, SOHO, Beijing, PRC

2003        The Beautiful Life Exhibition, SOHO, Beijing, PRC

2003        DNA Visual Exhibition, Nanxincang, Beijing, PRC

2002        Pingyao International Photography Festival: New Chinese Photography, Shanxi, PRC

2002        Act of Flying Live Art Performance Exhibition, Red Square Art Center, Beijing, PRC

2002        Post-Revolutionary Era Video Exhibition, China New Media Art Space, Beijing, PRC

2002        Sino-Japanese Performance Art Exhibition, Waterside Space, Guangzhou, PRC

2001        Knowledge is Power Exhibition, Beijing Book Building, PRC

2001        Zero Degrees Contemporary Art Exhibition, Beijing Bridge Art Factory, PRC

2001        Healing Contemporary Art Exhibition, Damu Space, Beijing, PRC

2001        Dang Dot Com Performance Art Exhibition, Kaixin Leyuan, Beijing, PRC

2000        Man and Animal Performance Art Exhibition, Nanjing, PRC

1999        Chinese Central Academy of Fine Arts Oil Painting Advanced studies Program Graduate Exhibition, Chinese Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, PRC

Publications

Theater of Modernization: Han Bing, artist monograph (Futurista Art, 2008)

“Theater of Modernization: Possible Futures and Shifting Alliances,” 2008 Contemporary Chinese Art Guide, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, 2008

 Asian Triennial Manchester, ART iT, May 2008, Maya Kovskaya

Texas Collects Asia, (Texas: The Trammel & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2008)

Interval of Silence: Contemporary Art from Asia, (Beijing: Red Star Gallery, 2008)                

“Han Bing’s Unfinished Road to Modernization,” Evan Garza, Theater of Modernization, (Futurista Art, 2008)

“Quotidian Amor Mundi: Orimoto Tatsumi: Quotidian Holy Mother,” Maya Kovskaya, Art Picks, ArtPost, 19 June 2006

"China's Art Factory," Jessica Au, Newsweek International, 20 November, 2006

"Critical Mass: Six artists and art industry experts select their favorite exhibitions of 2006," David Teh, Art & Australia, Vol. 44, No. 2, December 2006

"Han Bing: Quotidian Iconic, Orimoto Tatsumi: Quotidian Holy Mother," Maya Kóvskaya, Art Picks Art iT, Fall/Winter Issue, 2006

"Field of Vision: Center Stage," David Drakeford, Beijing Today, 15 September, 2006

"Together with Migrants—Chinese Contemporary Art and Social Criticism," Nathaniel M. Stevens, NY Arts Magazine, September/October, 2006

"Beyond Experience," Luna Fenichel, NY Arts Magazine, September/October, 2006

"Arario Brings The New China," Maya Kóvskaya, Art Picks Art iT, Summer/Fall Issue, 2006

"China's Happiness and Pain Exhibition at the UNESCO "Together with Migrants" Festival," Maya Kóvskaya, ArtPost, 19 June, 2006

"Eroticizing the Everyday: Han Bing, the Power of Desire and the Drama of Modernization, " Eyemazing International Contemporary Photography Magazine, August, 2007

"Seeing What Is To Be Forgotten: The Photography, Video and Performance Art of Han Bing," Shannon May, Yishu: Journal of Chinese Contemporary Art, Summer, 2007

"Han Bing: A Profile," Update Art Magazine, 2007

"China Under Construction: Chinese Contemporary Art of the Everyday Comes of Age," Maya Kóvskaya, Futurista Art, 2007

"Space City Looks Eastward: Contemporary Asian Art in Houston, Arts Houston, August, 2007

"Deconstruction Workers: Deborah Colton Gallery presents China sans pop," Kelly Klaasmeyer, Houston Press, August 9, 2007

"Asian Invasion," Patricia Johnson, Houston Chronicle, 7/28/2007

"The Other Shore of Desire: Han Bing," Zhuang Jia, Dragon's Evolution: Chinese Contemporary Photography, New York, 2007

"Critical Mass: Six artists and art industry experts select their favourite exhibitions of 2006," David Teh, Art & Australia, Vol. 44, No. 2, December 2006

"Bittersweet: Han Bing's Meditations on the Humble Cabbage," Lisa Movius, That's Shanghai, December, 2006

"All You Knead is Loaf, Say Cabbage Patch Kids," Lisa Movius, South China Morning Post, 12 November, 2006

"Beyond Experience: The New China and the Landscape and Forms of its Selfhood," Zhu Qi, Arario Beijing Press, 2006

"Field of Vision: Center Stage," David Drakeford, Beijing Today, 15 September, 2006

"Together with Migrants—Chinese Contemporary Art and Social Criticism," Nathaniel M. Stevens, NY Arts Magazine, September/October, 2006

"Beyond Experience," Luna Fenichel, NY Arts Magazine, September/October, 2006

The "China--Chai-Na (Demolish There);" Exhibition Rocks the DIAF's Soldiers at the Gate Forum," Maya Kóvskaya,
"Tectonic Shifts in the Beijing Art Scene," Maya Kóvskaya, Art iT, Spring/Summer Issue, 2006

"Modulating Space: Negotiating the Aesthetic and the Semantic, Maya Kóvskaya, Artpost, Feb 2-11, 2006

"Engaging the Everyday," Luna Fenichel, City Weekend, Issue 4, February 09, 2006

"Han Bing: Chinese Performance Art Engaging Life on the Margins," Maya Kóvskaya, NY Arts Magazine, November-December, 2005

"Indeterminate Expression—Ambiguity Exhibition Preview," Maya Kóvskaya, Art iT, Fall/Winter 2005

"The Raw and the Reel," He Chang, City Weekend, Issue 15, August 1, 2005

"China Witnesses a Boom in Performance Arts," Lev, Micheal, Taiwan News, June, 12, 2005

"Artistic Revolution Emerges in China: From Torpedo-in-a-Cart to a Pet Cabbage, the Ultra Avant-Garde Movement Pushes the Changing Societal Limits," Lev, Micheal, Chicago Tribune, June 5, 2005

"Beyond Shock Value: Chinese Performance Art Make the Ordinary Extraordinary, " Hao Chong, City Weekend, Issue 10, May 24, 2005

"Starving Artist Pet Theory: Han Bing Asks Pet Owners: Who’s Really in Charge?" Ching, Dixie, That's Beijing, January 01, 2005