Jin Shan

China 1977


Jin Shan
Jin Shan
March 2, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .

Jin Shan is one of the most promising artists of the younger generation in China. He works in different media to reflect the daily life of young people in contemporary China. He is a leading voice in an emerging generation of socially engaged contemporary artists in China, and an agent provocateur.

Shan was born in 1977 in Jiangsu, China. He received his BFA in 2000 at the East China Normal University, Faculty of Fine Arts.

Preferring wit and satire to aggression and conflict, Jin Shan uses humor and play to draw audiences into a confrontation with the social, cultural and political problems of the modern world. The kind of dizzying transformation of Chinese society which oftentimes brings artistic expression into direct conflict with state authority is more than present in Shan’s work.

One of the prevailing topics in his work is this critique of authority. In one of his recent works, Shanghai-based artist whimsically investigates the varied conditions of that particular subject. At the center of the installation, a larger-than-life silicone policeman is suspended from the ceiling. Slowly rising on a motorized wire against a projected backdrop of deep space, the figure suddenly drops to the ground. With eyes closed and palms open, the enraptured pose of the policeman is meant to evoke religious imagery.

Beyond his personal history, Jin Shan also uses his body in his sculptural and installation works.He has exhibited at international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennial in 2007 and the Singapore Biennial in 2006 and at many important art fairs worldwide.

Jin Shan was born in Jiangsu and lives and works in Shanghai, China. He is represented by Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing, Aike Dell’Arco, Shanghai, and Masters & Pelavin, New York.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2012Jin Shan: There Is No End To This Road Masters & Pelavin, New York, NYSolo
2012A City Sorrow Built: A Group Exhibition Masters & Pelavin, New York, NYGroup
2010THE THIRD PARTY – An exhibition in Three Acts, Platform China, BeijingGroup
2010Jungle-A Close-Up Focus on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends, Platform China,BeijingGroup
2010Animamix Biennial 2009-2010Today art museum, MoCA Shanghai, China;Taipei MoCA;Guangdong art museum,Guangdong, ChinaGroup
2009History in the Making: Shanghai 1979 - 2009ShanghaiGroup
2009Exit shanghai Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (USA)Group
2009Sh contemporary art fair ShanghaiGroup
2009The X Baltic Triennial of International Art CAC , Vilnius, LithuaniaGroup
2009Stephen the Speculator Jinshan solo show, DDM Warehouse, ShanghaiGroup
2009Photo Taipei 2009 Taipei, ChinaGroup
2009Blackboard Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2008Plague of Fantasies Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2008Spring training Pekin Fine Arts, BeijingGroup
2008New world order Groninger Museum, NetherlandsGroup
2008Shoot ARCO solo project, Madrid, SpainGroup
2007Refresh Emerging Chinese Artists Shanghai Beijing, ChinaGroup
2007Amateur World Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2007Shouting Truth Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2006Gift 2 Hangzhou, ChinaGroup
2006The 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale Seoul, KoreaGroup
2006Image Flux: China New work in Video Art, Guangzhou, ChinaGroup
2006The Third China Independent Film Festival Nanjing, ChinaGroup
2006Restless: Photography and New Media Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2005Gift 1, Hangzhou, ChinaGroup
2005Get It Louder, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2005Frequency Post, radio art project commissioned by Kunstradio Kunstradio AustriaGroup
2004Enclosure (Quan Di) video works exhibition Bai Ta Lin, Hangzhou, ChinaGroup