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Naked/Nude - Ren Hang

Museums/Institutes Foam

Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam
info@foam.org
+31 (0)20 5516500

Open Mon - Wed / 10-18 hrs
Thu - Fri / 10-21 hrs
Sat - Sun / 10-18 hrs

Exhibition 27 Jan — 12 Mar

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Provocative, but also poetic. Foam is exhibiting the explicit photographs of Ren Hang (1987 - 2017, CN). The photographer was selected by the Outset | Unseen Exhibition Fund during the Unseen Photo Fair 2016, his exhibition at Foam is the result.

Naked youths, mostly Chinese and every one as beautiful and unashamed as the next, take centre stage in the work of Ren Hang. Swans, peacocks, fish and snakes, as well as cherries, apples, flowers, plants and trees are all employed as absurd yet poetic accessories. The male models usually come from Hang’s own circle of friends, while the female models apply through the photographer’s website. The girls all meet his ideal of beauty: lily-white skin, usually black hair, red lipstick and painted nails. They pose willingly in well-balanced poses, or intimately entwined in sophisticated bodily compositions. Although very much staged and often provocatively explicit in the display of sexual organs, Ren Hang’s work is not necessarily pornographic. In his work, the human body takes on sculptural forms and seems primarily to want to break through the taboos surrounding the body and the sexes.

The artist’s work has been shown in various exhibitions and magazines in China and the rest of the world. Ren Hang’s photographs were previously exhibited in the Netherlands in the group exhibition FUCK OFF 2 in the Groninger Museum in 2013, curated by the artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Ren Hang has also published many art books, almost all of which have sold out immediately.

Admission: 
€11, see website for concessions

 

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