Weng Fen

From a critical social research perspective, Weng Fen 翁奮 focuses on issues between people and the world, cities and villages, and land and homes that have been divided by modernity in China’s modernization movement, which reflecting on the conflicts, contradictions and crises between individuals and the real world under the background of globalization, while face the dilemmas. Focusing on local knowledge, lifestyle, history, memory, climate, environment, people, land, homes, and social psychology, he emphasizes the research and discovery of the inherent logic of local problems, and the concept of how to resist in daily life. Practice with media and methods such as photography, video, social actions, installations, ground objects and textual research, Weng’s series of photography received a world wide reputation,  the series including “riding the wall” (2001), “a bird’s-eye view” (2002), “seeing the sea” (2003), “climate image” (2007), “gazing at Ordos” (2013), and “lost homeland” (2020); His works participated in Shanghai Biennale (China 2002), Guangzhou Triennial (China 2002, 2005), Prague Biennale (Czech 2003), Liverpool Biennale (UK 2007) and Venice Biennale (Italy 2013), etc. as well as in group exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the V&A Museum (London), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), and the M+ Art Museum (Hong Kong). His works are also in the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou (Paris), MoMA (New York), the MET (New York), the International Center of Photography (New York), the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), and the M+ Art Museum (Hong Kong) etc.

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