Weng Fen /   Weng Peijun

China 1961


Weng Fen
Weng Peijun
March 2, 2015

Weng Fen is a Chinese photographer, an active contemporary artist since 1997. He is known for creating works relating to man, nature and urbanization.

Born in 1961, Weng Fen, also known as Weng Peijun, is a native of the Hainan province in China. Weng graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1985. The transitional phases and changes in China since its opening up in the 1980’s, both physically and emotionally, have been the source of inspiration for Weng Fen and his work.

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.

In his beguiling photo series titled Sitting on the Wall: Haikou V, the artist captures young women and new cities on the precipice of change. In the images, faceless adolescent girls sit on cement partitions in cities like Hai-kou, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, gazing out toward sleek hi-rises in developing commercial districts. Their backs face us, giving no hint of a personal identity, save for their slightly varied school uniforms. Meanwhile, the booming new buildings dominate the background, their postmodern façades signifying an increase of investment and oncoming changes throughout the city.

This intriguing scene, which is replicated in each of Weng’s pictures, highlights the growing divide between disenfranchised urban populations and residents in more central areas, as cities increasingly look toward development to attract capital and the upper classes. The anonymity of these girls feels unnerving – like the city, they are at transitional stages of growth in their lives. The vibrant hues of the new cityscape captivate the viewer and the subject, who at the moment remains static on a steep precipice.

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.

Serving as a Teacher at the Art Collage of Hainan University, Weng Fen lives and works in Hainan.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2008New world order – Contemporary Installation And Photography From ChinaGroninger Museum – Nai Publishers, Groningan, Holland Group
2008Cina contemporanea Arte fra identità e trasformazioniPalazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy Group
2008La cina e vicinaPAN-palazzo delle Arti di Napoli, Naples, ItalyGroup
2007Weng Peijun's photoKunsthalle Faust, Hannover, GermanySolo
2007Weng Peijun's HeavenGaleria Moriarty, Madrid, SpainSolo
2007Return of the Silent TravellerLowood Gallery, Armathwaite, UKSolo
2007Blind Date: Sino German Exhibition of Contemporary ArtZhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2007My Olympics, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, ChinaSoloGroup
2007Red Hot: Asian Art Today from the Chaney Family CollectionMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX Group
2007China under ConstructionDeborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX, USA Group
2007De leur temps (2) Art ContemporainMusee de Grenoble, Grenoble, France Group
2007The Year of the Golden Pig - Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg CollectionLewis Gluckman Gallery, University College, Cork, Ireland Group
2007Fotografía actual en ChinaArtium, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporaneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain Group
2007Art BaselBasel, Switzerland Group
2007Mahjong - Chinesische GegenwartskunstMuseum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria Group
2007Thermocline of Art - New Asian WavesZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany Group
2007Blind Date 2: Sino-German Contemporary ArtZhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2006Return of the Silent TravellerInternational Gallery 34A Slater Street, Liverpool, UKSolo
2006A World Within A WorldRed Mansion Art Foundation, London, UKSolo
2006Utopian HighlandArt Center of Providence University, Taichung, TaiwanSolo
2006Time is Money – Let Some People Get Rich FirstGalerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, SwitzerlandSolo
2006RegenesisAn Exhibition of Contemporary ArtMOCAHaikou, Haikou, China Group
2006RegenesisMuseum of Contemporary Art Haikou, Haikou, China Group
2006City ExpressionsTallin Kunstihoone, Tallinn, Estonia Group
2006Weng Fen (Weng Peijun) & Yang YongArt Statements Gallery, Hong Kong Group
2006Double-Kick CrackerTang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China Group
2006So Now Then—Contemporary Documentary PhotographyHereford Photography Festival, Hereford, UK Group
2006The Intention Of The PublicRedskyart Space, Haikou, China Group
2006MetropolitanscapePalazzo Cavour, Torino, Italy Group
2006Mahjong - Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung SiggHamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany Group
2006Moscow photography BiennaleMoscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia Group
2006Fantasy and FutureMetropolitan Museum, Manila, Philippe Group
2006The Beautiful New World –Weng Peijun & Lin PeichunDemension Art Center, Beijing, China Group
2006China Pavilion: Independent BiennialLiverpool Biennial, Independent Quarter, Liverpool, U K Group
2006Between Past and Future - New Photography and Video from ChinaNasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC, USAGroup
2006Between Past and Future - New Photography and Video from ChinaHaus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2005The Second Guangzhou TriennialXinyi International Club, Guangzhou, China Group
2005On Going - Contemporary Art ExhibitionREDSKYART Spaces, Haikou, China Group
2005Focus on China - Tolerance & IdentityGallery of Vrije Academie, Den Haag, Holland Group
2005Cattura L'ombra: Chinese Contemporary PhotographyRoma International Photography Festival, Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Roma, Italy Group
2005Grounding RealitySeoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea Group
2005Double Vision - 1st Lianzhou International Photo FestivalLianzhou, Guangdong China Group
2005Two Asias, Two EuropesShanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China Group
2005Mahjong - Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung SiggKunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland Group
2005View PointsChambers Fine Arts, New York, USA Group
2005City_net Asia 2005Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea Group
2005To Each His OwnZero Field Experimental Art Center, Beijing, China Group
2005Follow Me- Chinese Art at the Threshold of the New MillenniumMori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan Group
2005Unspeakable HappinessMuseo Tamaya Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico Group
2005Always to the Front—China Contemporary ArtTaipei Guangdu Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan Group
2005A Strange Heaven: Contemporary Chinese PhotographyArt Museum Tennis Palace, Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland Group
2005Body TemperatureMillenium Art Museum, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2005Body TemperatureNordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark Group
2005Living in Interesting Times: A Decade of New Chinese PhotographyIsrael Museum of Photography, Tel Hai, Israel Group
2005Re-Viewing the city: Guangzhou Photo BiennialGuangdong Museum of art Guangzhou, China Group
2005Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from ChinaVictoria and Albert Museum, London, UKGroup
2005Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from ChinaSeattle Art Museum, SeattleGroup
2005Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from ChinaSmart Museum of Art and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago Group
2005The Second Reality—Photographs From ChinaPiazza of the Berlaymont EU Building, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2004Chinese Viewing the World - Weng Fen Staring at the SeaTang Gallery, Bangkok, ThailandSolo
2004Die Chinese: Contemporary Photographs and Video in ChinaKunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany Group
2004Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from ChinaInternational Centre of Photography & Asia Society, New York, USA Group
2004PosersCourtyard Gallery, Beijing, China Group
2004Me, Me, MeCourtyard gallery, Beijing, China Group
2004China, the Body Everywhere?Marseille Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseille, France Group
2004Contemporary Photography from ChinaGoedhuis Contemporary at the Annex, Chelsea, NY, USA Group
2004Olympic Cities - Gods Becoming MenFrissiras Museum of Contemporary Greek and European Painting, Athens, Greece Group
2004Zooming into FocusShanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China Group
2004Spellbound Aura: the New Vision of Chinese PhotographyMOCA Taipei, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2003Weng Fen Photo WorkMarella Arte Contemporanea, Milano, ItalySolo
2003New Zone-Chinese ArtZacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland Group
2003From China: Contemporary Art PhotographyArhus Artist Mansion, Arhus, Denmark Group
2003Zooming into FocusSan Diego State University Gallery, San Diego Museum of art, San Diego, USA Group
2003A Strange Heaven - Contemporary Chinese PhotographyGalerie Rudolfinum, PragueGroup
2003Open SkyShanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China Group
2003Chinese Contemporary ArtKristianstads Konsthal, Sweden Group
20031st Prague BiennalePrague, Czech Group
2003From Desires to Where?Tang gallery, Bangkok, Thailand Group
2003Alors, la chine?Centre Pompidou, Paris, France Group
2003Junction: Architectural Exhibition of Chinese ContemporaryLianyang Architecture Art Museum, Shanghai, China Group
2003ChinaARCO, Madrid, Spain Group
2003Alternative ModernityX-Ray Art Center, Beijing, China Group
2003Facing NatureInner spaces, Poznan, Poland Group
2003How Big is the WorldKaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Kaohsiung, Taiwan Group
2003Out of the RedMarella Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italy Group
2003Too Much FlavorChambers Fine Art, New York, USAGroup
2002The first Guangzhou TriennialGuangdong Museum of Art, GuangZhou, China Group
2002Shanghai BiennaleShanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China Group
2002Paris-BeijingEspace Cardin, Paris, France Group
2002Everyday AttitudePingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Cotton Mill, Shanxi, China Group
2002New Photography from ChinaCourtyard Gallery, Beijing, China Group
2002Chinese ModernityMuseu de Arte Brasileira-MAB, Sao Paulo, Brazil Group
2002Living out, Hiding inTang Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand Group
2002Too Much Flavor3H Art Center, Shanghai, China Group
2002How Big is the WorldOK Contemporary Art Centre, Linz, AustriaGroup
200116th Asian International Art ExhibitionGuangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China Group
20011ST Chengdu BiennaleChengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, China Group
2001Virtual FutureGuangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China Group
2001L'album De La Famille China September de la PhotoGalerie Soardi, Nice, France Group
2001Body Resources and ObjectsHong Kong Art Commune, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2000Documentation of Chinese Avant-Garde Art in 1990sFukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan Group
2000Home?Yuexing Furniture Warehouse, Shanghai, China Group
2000Unusual & UsualYuangong Modern Art Museum, Shanghai, China Group
2000Charming ChinaEast Gallery, Shanghai, China Group
2000Scholarly LandscapesLangdao Island Land Art Park, Guilin, China Group
2000Man and AnimalsLangdao Island Land Art Park, Guilin, ChinaGroup
1993Standard System of LeadshipArt Hall of Hainan University, Haikou, ChinaSolo