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Cang Xin

Cang Xin became interested in art while he was at music school, but he
received no formal training. To this day he employs assistants to help
execute his paintings, drawings and sculptures. For him art is more than
technique: it is an extension of his self-image as a modern shaman, heir
to the nature-magic tradition of his native Mongolia.
Cang Xin first seized the public imagination with Communication (1996-
2006), a ritual-performance series in which he licked or tasted everything
from cockroaches and cobblestones to banknotes and a portrait
of Jean-Paul Sartre. In another series, Identity Exchange (2000-06), he
swapped clothes with strangers.
Cang Xin’s grand theme, which pervades many of his works including
Shamanism Series: Variation (2006) and Exotic Flowers and Rare Herbs
series (2007-08), is the shamanic idea that all life forms are linked by the
endless transmigration of souls.
The work featured in this exhibition is from the series ‘Man and Sky as
One’ (2003).

SOLO EXHIBITIONS


1997
Program for the patient: Auto-write, solo show of performance art, Beijing, China

1996
Communication, solo show of performance art, Beijing, China

1994
Virus series: trample the face, solo show of performance art, Beijing, China

1993
Virus series: no.1, solo show of performance art, Beijing, China
 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2006
Bologna International Art Expo Bologna, Italy

2005
Vehicle and Mirror Beijing New Art Projects
Photography Group Exhibition London Red Mansion Foundation, England
Out of The Red – 2 The photographic Session Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy
Living in Interesting Times: A Decade of New Chinese Photography The Open Museum of Photography, Haifa, Israel
A Strange Heaven: New Chinese Photography Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki, Finland
100 Artists for A Museum Casoria Contemporary Museum, Italy
Body Scape Contemporary Chinese Photography and Performance Documentation Red Gate Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Unusual Scene Five Chinese Contemporary Artists’ Case Analysis Today Art Museum,Beijing
Beauty Chinese Contemporary Art Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Bad Girls, Good Girls Red Foundation, London, England
Inward Gazes Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art Macao Museum of Art, Macao

2004
Spellbound Aura The New Vision of Chinese Photography Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei
Sens Interdits? Sensuality in Contemporary Chinese Art. Perigueux, France
Between Past and Future New Photography and Video from China; New York International Center of Photography;
Asia Society; Chicago David Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art;
Seattle Art Museum; London Victoria and Albert Museum; Berlin Haus der Kulturen der Welt; Santa Barbara Museum of Art
The 9th Nippon Asian Performance Art Series ‘04 Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Nagano, Japan
Moving ON Contemporary Art Museum, National University of Singapore
The 4th Pingyao International Photography Festival Pingyao, Shanxi
Public Territory the 1st Architectural Biennial Beijing
Public Space and Urban Environment Australia Melbourne Art Exposition, Red Gate gallery, Beijing
Chinese contemporary art photograph exhibition Cologne photograph equipment exposition, Alexandria gallery, Berlin, Germany

2003
Asian Art Festival Asian Gallery, Fokuok, Japan
Bare Androgyny Beijing, China
A Strong Heaven Contemporary Chinese Photography Vienna National Museum,
France National Museum, Czechoslovakia National Museum.
Public Space and personal eyes-new vision in China Kampnagel Artist Center, Hamburg, Germany

2002
N Identity Nanjing, China
Biennale of Sydney - The World May be Fantastic Sydney, Australia
Mask Vs. Face Redgate Gallery, Beijing, China
Photography Group Exhibition Courtyard Gallery, Beijing China
Ke Li Lang Over-Interest Contemporary Art Exhibition Singapore
Pingyao International Photography Festival Pingyao, Shanxi
Making Dreams Portrait Donglang Gallery, Shanghai
Bridge-Contemporary Art Exhibition Jilin Changchun
The 1st Guangzhou Triennial Guangdong Art Museum, Guangdong

2001
Charming China Bangkok, Thailand
The 8th International Performance Art Exhibition Tokyo, Japan
Hot Pot Kinesisk Samtidskunst, Chinese Contemporary Art, Norway
Virtual Future Guangdong Museum of Art
Hong Kong Chinese Contemporary Photography Hong Kong Art Center
Contemporary Chinese Photography Galerie Loft, Paris, France
Uprising Singapore, Kualu Lumpar, Taiwan, Beijing, Macau,
Annual Exhibition of Chinese Photography Shandong, Dong Ying, China
Courtyard Gallery Four Person Exhibition Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
Neice Chinese Photography Festival Neice City, France
Dialogo Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Mantova, Italy
Chinese Contemporary Performance Photography Exhibition Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
Dialogo - others Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Chiesa Santa Teresa dei Maschi, Bari, Italy
Knowledge is Power Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Beijing Xidan, China

2000
Xieyang Island Performance Art Festival Guangxi
2000 Image and Net Art Exhibition Changchun
Home? Contemporary Art Project Shanghai
Man and Animals performance art show, Beijing
International Contemporary Art Interflow Exhibition Nanjing
Photographs of Four Artists London
Amazing China Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai
International Performance Art Festival Beijing
Asian Art Festival performance art photo exhibition, Paris
Documentation of Chinese Avant-Garde Art in the 90’s Fukuoka Asian Art museum, Japan
China’s Human Landscapes Land Art Exhibition, Guilin, China
Unusual and usual Contemporary Art Exhibition, Shanghai

1999
Modern Photography of Four Artists Tokyo
Out of Control Beijing Design Museum.
Start from China New Art Exhibition, Beijing
Unusual Way of Writing Art Academy of Nanjing Normal University
Traditional Visual Image Fine Art Academy of Shanghai University
Documentation of Chinese Installation Art Exhibition Hong Kong

1998
431 Video & Computer Art Exhibition Changchun, China

1996
Cage installation & performance show, Beijing

1995
To Add One Meter to a Unknown Mountain performance art, Beijing
Original Sound performance art show, Beijing
Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition Changchun, China

1994
Asia Contemporary Art Tokyo, Osaka, Japan
Post Eleven Zhaoyao Gallery, Beijing

Cang Xin

man and sky as one series, mani stones, 2003


Medium:
Photograph on archival paper

Dimensions:
189 x 152 cm

AP 1/3

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