Cao Fei


A member of China’s new wave of influential artists, Cao Fei has developed an expansive young career featuring works in performance, photography, video, writing, and sound art among other projects. Taking in the mass influence of western culture in the east, the artist reflectively constructs images that offer insight into the current state of this optimistic country. The video still shown above is from a series title “Hip Hop” and exemplifies several Chinese lay individuals’ engaging in what seems to be awkward hip-hop stances. Other works such as the “COSplayers” depict young people dressed as Japanese anime characters acting out scenarios in the landscape of Cao Fei’s home city, Guangzhou. The artist attended the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (2001), and was a member of the German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes) fellowship program (2005). In 2006, Cao Fei exhibited PRD “Anti-Heroes” at the Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands, and “Hip Hop” with Lombard-Freid Projects in New York City. This year, the artist will be featured in “World Factory: Resistance and Dreams” at the San Francisco Art Institute. Cao Fei has been featured in the NY Times, and was reviewed last year by ArtForum.