Cao Fei

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One of the most important and innovative young artists to have emerged on the international scene from China. We are very happy to welcome Cao Fei as a guest of the festival.


+ Cao Fei
BFI Southbank, NFT3
May 11, 2016
6:00 pm

+ Cao Fei in conversation + CVF 2016 Opening Reception
BFI Southbank, NFT3
May 11, 2016
8:00 pm

+ Reception
King's Foyer + Safra
May 12, 2016
6:00 pm

Cao Fei (b. 1978, Guangzhou) is a Beijing-based Chinese artist. She is one of the most important and innovative young artists to have emerged on the international scene from China. Her multimedia projects explore the lost dreams of young Chinese and their strategies for overcoming and escaping reality. She mixes social commentary, popular aesthetics, references to Surrealism and documentary conventions in her films and installations. Her works reflect on the rapid and chaotic changes that are occurring in Chinese society.

Cao Fei’s recent solo exhibition Splendid River took place at Secession Museum, Vienna, Austria. Her recent film La Town (2014) was on display at the 56th Venice Biennale: All the World’s Futures.

Her online project RMB City (2007-2011) has been exhibited in Deutsche Guggenheim (2010); Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2009); Serpentine Gallery, London (2008); and Yokohama Triennale (2008). Cao Fei’s previous works have featured in a number of international biennales including in Sydney (2006 & 2010), Moscow (2005), Shanghai (2004), Istanbul (2007) and Venice (2003 & 2007). She has also exhibited video works in Tate Modern (London), Guggenheim Museum, the International Center of Photography, MoMA, MoMA P.S.1 (New York), Centre Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo (Paris).

Cao Fei was a nominee for the Future Generation Art Prize 2010 and was a Hugo Boss Prize finalist in 2010. She received the Chinese Contemporary Art Award’s (CCAA) Best Young Artist Award in 2006.

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