An exhibition in Paris showcases the work of a Chinese photographer whose career was meteoric, and tragically brief.
by Daphné Anglès
Love, Ren Hang, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris – March 6-May 26
PARIS — When Ren Hang’s nude photographs first went on display in China barely a decade ago, he was immediately identified as an artistic phenomenon and rapidly swept up by Western art galleries. His images were playful and provocative, visually stunning with an underlying sense of vulnerability, sometimes bordering on pornography, but never vulgar. They offered a glimpse into a Chinese youth subculture outsiders rarely got to see.
Mr. Ren’s career was meteoric, and tragically brief. He took his own life in 2017 at age 29, leaving behind a body of work that is highly personal: There is no mistaking a Ren Hang photograph…
Image courtesy Blindspot Gallery © Estate of Ren Hang