Ren Hang | Photography

Ren Hang
(1987, Changchun, China – 2017, Beijing)

Year | 2011
Dimensions | 67 x 100 cm
Medium | C-print
Ren Hang was a Chinese​ ​photographer and poet​ best known​ for ​his ​nude photographic portraits of his friends. Hang’s work is significant for its representation of Chinese sexuality within a heavily censored society.​ ​His art trajectory was backed by the famed contemporary Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, who included Hang in his 2013 Netherlands show, ​’​Fuck Off 2 The Sequel​’​, and curated the photographer’s 2014 exhibition in Paris​. ​Ren’s erotic, playful and casual yet provocative expression made him rise to fame worldwide.​ ​Hang ​had suffered from depression.​ ​On February 24, 2017, official reports state that he took his own life in Beijing, China.