b.1979 Hainan, China
He currently lives and works in Hainan.
Weng Fen (also known as Weng Peijun) is a Chinese photographer born in 1961 in the island and province of Hainan. He graduated from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1985. Weng has made himself known from the late 1990s onwards, especially at the turn of the 2000s with several enigmatic photographic series that represent an ambivalent portrayal of the modern city, which appears at the frontier between poetical contemplation and anxiety about urban transformations. Weng’s epic images focus on the upraising of urbanism in cities such as Haikou, Shanghai and Shenzhen, exemplified in series of images entitled Sitting on the Wall, Bird’s Eye View and Staring at The Lake. Subjects portrayed on each of his images start out as outsiders looking into this overwhelming transformation with anticipation, fear and curiosity to being in the center of it all.
He has contributed to more than 50 exhibitions in China and overseas, generating an international reputation. Weng Fen’s art has been exhibited worldwide in Asia, Europe and America, including the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Shanghai Art Museum, the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, the Mori Museum in Tokyo, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany, the Internation al Centre of Photography in New York and the Singapore Art Museum.
Empty Seat: Chinese Conceptual Photography
Group exhibition: Weng Fen, Ji Zhou, Yang Yong, Jiang Zhi, Liu Yujia, Fan Xi, Amelie
Encounter the Landscape: The Individual and Self-formation in the Social Transformation
2.18 - 5.18, 2008
Palazzo della Esposizioni, Roma, Italy