Photographer Weng Fen’s girls stare into China’s future

Weng Fen - Sitting on the Wall - Guangzhou 3, 2002-2003
Weng FenSitting on the Wall – Guangzhou 3, 2002-2003

About ‘Sitting on the Wall’, ‘Bird’s Eye View’ and ‘Staring at The Sea’

The transitional phases and changes in China since its opening up in the 1980s, both physically and emotionally, have been the source of inspiration for Weng Fen (b. 1961) and his work. In his earlier series Sitting on the Wall and Bird’s Eye View, Weng’s epic images focus on the uprising of urbanism in cities such as Haikou, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing. His subjects start out as outsiders look into this overwhelming transformation with anticipation, fear and curiosity to be at the center of it all. Weng then follows and evolves inwardly, shifting his attention from physical changes to emotional and spiritual transformations. These take place in urban cities to rural countries. Weng explores the possibility of finding an otherworldly utopia, a place that may have existed all along in our hearts and minds, in our memories and those innocent times, which results in the acclaimed Staring at The Sea series.

About Weng Fen

Weng Fen 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 International Centre of Photography in New York and the Singapore Art Museum.

Photos

‘Sitting on the Wall’ series

Weng Fen - Sitting on the Wall - Guangzhou, 2002-2003
Weng FenSitting on the Wall – Guangzhou, 2002-2003

Weng Fen – Sitting on the Wall – Shenzhen 1, 2002-2003
Weng FenSitting on the Wall – Shenzhen 1, 2002-2003

Weng Fen - Sitting on the Wall - Shenzhen (2), 2002-2003
Weng FenSitting on the Wall – Shenzhen, 2002-2003

Weng Fen – Sitting on the Wall – Haikou 2, 2002-2003
Weng FenSitting on the Wall – Haikou 2, 2002-2003

Weng Fen – Sitting on the Wall – Haikou 4, 2002-2003
Weng FenSitting on the Wall – Haikou 4, 2002-2003

Weng Fen – Sitting on the Wall – Haikou, 2005
Weng FenSitting on the Wall – Haikou, 2005

Weng Fen - Sitting on the Wall - Haikou (5), 2002-2003
Weng FenSitting on the Wall – Haikou 5, 2002-2003

Weng Fen – Sitting on the Wall
Weng FenSitting on the Wall

‘Bird’s Eye View’ series

Weng Fen – Bird’s Eye View – Heikou, 2002
Weng FenBird’s Eye View – Haikou, 2002

Weng Fen - Bird’s Eye View New Beijing 9 Photography, 160×200 cm 2007
Weng FenBird’s Eye View New Beijing 9, 2007

Weng Fen – Bird’s Eye View - Beijing 1
Weng FenBird’s Eye View – Beijing 1, 2004

Weng Fen – Bird’s Eye View - Haikou
Weng FenBird’s Eye View – Haikou, 2004

Weng Fen – Bird’s Eye View – Shanghai, 2004Weng FenBird’s Eye View – Shanghai, 2004

Weng Fen – Bird’s Eye View – Shenzhen 2, 2004Weng FenBird’s Eye View – Shenzhen 2, 2004

Weng Fen - Bird's Eye View - Shanghai, 2004
Weng FenBird’s Eye View – Shanghai, 2004

Weng Fen – Bird’s Eye View – Guangzhou, 2004Weng FenBird’s Eye View – Guangzhou, 2004

Weng Fen – Bird’s Eye View – Chongqing, 2004
Weng FenBird’s Eye View – Chongqing, 2004

‘Staring at the Sea’ series

Weng Fen – Staring at the Sea, 2004, No. 1, c-print, 125x165cm
Weng FenStaring at the Sea, 2004, No. 1, c-print, 125x165cm

Weng Fen – Staring at the Sea, 2004, No. 2, c-print, 125x165cmWeng FenStaring at the Sea, 2004, No. 2, c-print, 125x165cm

Weng Fen - Staring at the Sea, 2004, No. 3, c-print, 125x165cm
Weng FenStaring at the Sea, 2004, No. 3, c-print, 125x165cm

Weng Fen - Staring at the sea - 4, 2004, c-print, 125x160cm
Weng FenStaring at the Sea, 2004, No. 4, c-print, 125x165cm

Weng Fen - Staring at the Sea, 2004, No. 5, c-print, 125x165cm
Weng FenStaring at the Sea, 2004, No. 5, c-print, 125x165cm

Weng Fen - Staring at the Sea, 2004, No. 6, c-print, 125x165cm
Weng FenStaring at the Sea, 2004, No. 6, c-print, 125x165cm

Weng Fen - Staring at the Sea, 2004, No. 7, c-print, 125x165cm
Weng FenStaring at the Sea, 2004, No. 7, c-print, 125x165cm

Weng Fen - Staring at the Sea, 2004, No. 8, c-print, 125x165cm
Weng FenStaring at the Sea, 2004, No. 8, c-print, 125x165cm

‘Staring at Ordos’ series

Weng Fen - Staring at Ordos, Series of three photographs, photography, 150x314cm, 2014
Weng Fen – Staring at Ordos, series of three photographs, 2014

Weng Fen - Staring at Ordos, Series of three photographs, 2014, Two schoolgirls gazing out to Kangbashi New Area, formerly farmland and now the showpiece district of Ordos City, in China
Weng Fen – Staring at Ordos, series of three photographs, 2014
Two schoolgirls gazing out to Kangbashi New Area, formerly farmland and now the showpiece district of Ordos City, in China

Weng Fen - Staring at Ordos, Series of three photographs, 2014, another view of Kangbashi
Weng Fen – Staring at Ordos, series of three photographs, 2014
Another view of Kangbashi

All images by Weng Fen/tangcontemporary.com unless otherwise noted.

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