Ren Hang

By | March 21, 2018
Ren Hang Author Ren Hang
ISBN-10 3836562073
ISBN-13 9783836562072
Year 2017-01-20
Pages 312
Language English
Publisher Taschen America
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Hang well hung Chinese photographer Ren lets it all Hang out Ren Hang who took his life February 23 2017 is an unlikely rebel Slight of build shy by nature prone to fits of depression the 28 year old Beijing photographer was nonetheless at the forefront of Chinese artists battle for creative freedom Like his champion Ai Weiwei Ren was controversial in his homeland and wildly popular in the rest of the world He said I don t really view my work as taboo because I don t think so much in cultural context or political context I dont intentionally push boundaries I just do what I do Why Because his models friends and increasingly fans are naked often outdoors high in the trees or on the terrifyingly vertiginous rooftops of Beijing stacked like building blocks heads wrapped in octopi body cavities sprouting phone cords and flowers whatever enters his mind at the moment He denies his intentions are sexual and there is a clean detachment about even his most extreme images the urine the insertions the many many erections In a 2013 interview VICE magazine asked there are a lot of dicks do you just like dicks Ren responded Its not just dicks Im interested in I like to portray every organ in a fresh vivid and emotional way True though that may be the penises Ren photographed are not just fresh and vivid but unusually large making one wonder just where he met his friends In the same piece Hang also stated Gender isnt important when Im taking pictures it only matters to me when Im having sex making him a pioneer of gender inclusiveness Young fans still eagerly flock to his website Facebook Instagram and Flickr accounts His photographs all produced on film have been the subject of over 20 solo and 70 group shows in his brief six year career in cities as disparate as Tokyo Athens Paris New York Copenhagen Frankfurt Vienna and yes even Beijing He self published 16 monographs in tiny print runs that now sell for up to 600 TASCHENs Ren Hang is his only international collection covering his entire career with well loved favorites and many never before seen photos of men women Beijing and those many many erections We take solace remembering Rens joy when he first held the book shared by his long time partner Jiaqi featured on the cover Text in English French and German

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