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