Cheng Xinhao's practice largely centres around two marginal groups: the Mang People, an ethnic minority group living along China's border with Vietnam, who feature in the works showing at Staged; and the labourers at the Sanhe Labour Market, new migrants living in the Shenzhen Longhua Industrial District. By following these groups for long periods and engaging in multidisciplinary artistic methods, the artist explores the personal impacts of the ever-expanding system of global capitalism.Read More
About the Artist
Cheng Xinhao was born in Yunnan Province, China, in 1985. After finishing his PhD in Chemistry at Peking University in 2013, he continued to pursue photography, and went on to win the Shiseido Photography Award in 2015. Cheng's works investigate modernisation, the construction of knowledge, and the production of space in Chinese society. He has won an Abigail Cohen Fellowship (2017), the sixth Hou Dengke Documentary Photograph Award (2017), the Shiseido Photography Award (2015), and has been shortlisted in the Arles Author Book Award (2017), Aperture PhotoBook Award (2016), and the Three Shadows Photography Award (2015). His works The Naming of a River (2016) and Time from Different Sources: Images from Ciman Village (2017) were published by Jiazazhi Press.
Ocula | 2019