Danwen Xing, Wall House, 2007. Multimedia installation with photographs and video.

Danwen Xing’s first substantial solo show in China to date is showcasing photography, installation, and video pieces, as well as new productions exhibited for the first time.

The title of the exhibition is the English translation of Un captif amoureux, the title of the last book by French writer Jean Genet. The book describes his experience of living among Palestinian revolutionaries and Black Panther activists “in [his] own chosen order” and unique narrative style, creating an exceptionally poetic and insightful text.

The exhibition recalls several threads from Jean Genet’s book, which provides a prism for a special reading of Xing’s artistic practice; in every image she creates, Xing reconstructs reality, as if driven by a compulsive desire to be at the center of the incident, approaching her characters with a marked sensuality. Xing positions herself inside the event, as a subject, a model, or a critical eye, creating a visual language that is both subversive and poetic.

The exhibition Captive of Love stages a linear but non-chronological presentation of Danwen Xing’s artworks, focused on her relationship with the city, as well as a personal narrative of her own generation of artists in China in the 1990s.

As part of the exhibition, the full-color bilingual catalog Captive of Love and the artist book A Personal Diary will be co-published with Prestel. A series of talks and conversations will be organized on September 9-10 featuring artist Danwen Xing, Board Chair of Asia Art Archive Jane DeBevoise, senior curator of M+ museum Li Pi, prize-winning writers Ahdaf Soueif and Koonchung Chan.

Danwen Xing
Danwen Xing was born in Xi’an and currently lives and works in Beijing. She has received degrees from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Xing has participated in numerous exhibitions at major museums and biennials worldwide. Xing’s artistic practice is well-regarded by international critics and institutions, and her work has been acquired by museums and private collections around the world.


Red Brick Art Museum
Shunbai Road, Chaoyang District
100103 Beijing  |     China


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