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Wang Chuan Biography

Born 1967 in Beijing, Wang Chuan (王川) graduated in 1990 from the Book Design Department of the Central Academy of Art and Design in Beijing. In 2000 he completed a Master of Arts in Visual Art from a joint program between the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) and Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art (QCA) in Australia. He is currently Director of the Photography Department in the School of Design, China Central Academy of Fine Arts.

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Wang approaches photography like a painter. Rather than conceiving his photography as a decisive instant, Wang Chuan’s work is the result of patient contemplation on the composition that in the end creates a unique universe. His black and white Awakening series portrays cosmopolitan men surrounded by lotus flowers, illustrating Wang’s conflict with the rapid changes of China’s urban landscapes. His recent works are photographic montages illustrating the desires of China’s emerging middle class, set against the destructive element of modernization and loss of nature.

Wang Chuan has exhibited his photography in China, the United States, Italy, the United Kingdom, Australia, Austria et cetera. His major exhibitions include Remaking Vision - Photography From China (YAVUZ Fine Art, Singapore, 2010), China Spectacle and Gaze - Exhibition of Contemporary Photography (CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, 2009), The 8 Great Sites of Beijing (Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing, 2009), Century Thinking (Today Art Museum, Beijing, 2009), HK Art Fair (Hong Kong, 2009), Art Asia (Miami, Florida, 2008), Asia Contemporary Art Fair (I.D.S. Gallery, New York, 2008), Art Beijing (Beijing, 2008) and Collective Identity (Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, United Kingdom, 2007).

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