Hu Xiangqian


1983 born in Leizhou

Currently works and lives in Beijing

Hu Xiangqian’s works are not elaborately thought out, nor do they deal with astonishing content — there are only his sudden inspirations. For the most part, his medium of choice is performance art — the better to achieve a more direct bodily and perceptive experience; some of what he does perhaps targets not the audience but rather the performer himself. As he himself says, “I want to understand my mind through art.”


2007 Graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013 A Looks Like B, Arrow Factory, Beijing, China

2012 Protagonist, Long March Space, Beijing, China

2010 51 m2 : 7#, Taikang Space, Beijing, China

2010 Body as a Museum/Sweet and Sweat, 24HR Art, Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin, Australia

2009 Knee-Jerk Reaction, Observation Society, Guangzhou, China

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 Pessimism or Resistance?, Taikang Space, Beijing, China

2013 2013 Sharjah Biennial:Re: emerge – towards a new cultural cartography, Sharjah, UAE

2013 ON/OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice, UCCA, Beijing, China

2012 Uninkable, Art-Ba-Ba Mobile Space, Shanghai, China

2012 Twenty Years of Chinese Video Art, Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prado, Italy

2011 Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art – Moving Image in China 1988-2011, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2011 Institution for the Future: Asia Triennial Manchester II, Manchester, England

2011 Taking the Stage Over, Diagram for speed, 18.The Bund, Shanghai, China

2011 The 1st CAFAM Biennale: Super – Organism, Central Academy of Fine Art Museum, Beijing, China

2011 Image•History•Existence - Taikang Life 15th Anniversary Art Collection Exhibition, China Art Museum , Beijing, China

2010 Curated By Liu Wei - Wang Yuyang & Hu Xiangqian: Organisms, UCCA, Beijing, China

2010 Great Performance, Pace Beijing, Beijing, China

2009 Bourgeoisified Proletariat - Contemporary Art in Songjiang, Songjiang Creative Studio, Shanghai, China

2009 Biography, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong, China

2008 Guangzhou Station: the Contemporary Art in Guangzhou, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

2008 My Body is Your Battleground, Fei Art Center, Shanghai, China

2007 China Power Station: Part II, Oslo, Norway

2007 Slash Fiction, Gasworks, London, UK

2006 Urban Situation, Estonian National Museum of Art, Tallinn, Estonian

2006 The Road from Changgang, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

2006 The 1st Independent Chinese Film Exhibition, Paris, France

2005 A Future of Antiquity - The 2nd Chinese Triennial, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China





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