FRAMES Photography Podcast with Rong Rong

On today’s episode of the FRAMES Photography Podcast W. Scott Olsen is talking to Rong Rong, one of the most famous contemporary Chinese photographers and co-director of the Jimei x Arles 2022 International Photo Festival.

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Rong Rong is a Chinese artist. He is best known for being a pivotal figure in the generation of artists that represents the birth of experimental art in China.

Born in 1968 Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, China, Rong Rong studied painting and photography at the Fujian Industrial Art Institute. He established himself in Beijing where he currently lives and works. In 2006 he founded the Three Shadows Photography Art Center, a non-profit foundation for art and video in China where he currently works.

He is also a co-director of the Jimei x Arles 2022 International Photo Festival, which takes place November 25, 2022 – January 3, 2023.

Installation image. Li Weiyi – “Associated Image”
© 2022 Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival
Installation Image. Celeste Leeuwenburg, “From What She Told Me, And How I Feel”
© 2022 Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival

Rong Rong’s photographs are a combination of his daily life documentation in Beijing and an outspoken viewpoint on contemporary China. The black and white photographs are shot within a powerful narrative related to Rong Rong’s particular viewpoint.

Rong Rong – East Village, Beijing 1994 No.70
(Cang Xin, “Tramping on Faces”)
Rong Rong – Self-portrait, 1994
Rong Rong & Inri – Liulitun, Beijing 2003 No.8

He has been exhibited at major public and private institutions around the world, such as ICA London (1999), Singapore Art Museum (2001), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2004), Musee Art Contemporain, Lyon (2004), Kunstmuseum Bern (2005), Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (2008) and Brussels Art Museum (2009). Rong Rong’s photographs can be found in several distinguished museums such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and he has been featured alongside Zhang Huan at The National Portrait Gallery and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Australia in 2012.

Rong Rong & Inri – Liulitun, Beijing 2002 No.16
Rong Rong – East Village, Beijing 1994 No.20
(Zhang Huan, “12 Square Meters”)






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