Danwen Xing’s Solo at Red Brick Art Museum

Organized by: Red Brick Art Museum
Artist: Danwen Xing
Curator: Tarek Abou El Fetouh
Curatorial Assistant: Xi Li
Exhibition Date: September 10 – October 29, 2017
Address: Red Brick Art Museum, Shunbai Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing


Red Brick Art Museum is pleased to present Danwen Xing’s first substantial solo show in China from 10 September to 29 October 2017. This is her largest solo exhibition to date, presenting works of photography, installation and video, as well as new productions to be exhibited for the first time.


The title of the exhibition is the English translation of Un captif amoureux, the last book by French poet and writer Jean Genet. Genet always questioned society and was drawn to rebellions. The book describes his experience of living among Palestinian and Black Panther activists “in [his] own chosen order” and unique narrative style, creating an exceptionally poetic and insightful text.


The exhibition recalls several threads from Jean Genet’s book, which provide a prism for a special reading of Xing’s artistic practice; in every image she creates, Xing reconstructs reality, as if driven by a compulsive desire to be at the center of the incident, approaching her characters with a marked sensuality. Through photographs, installations and videos, Xing positions herself inside the event as a subject, a model, or a critical eye, creating a visual language that is both subversive and poetic.

As part of the exhibition, the full-color bilingual catalogue Captive of Love and the artist book A Personal Diary will be co-published with PRESTEL. A series of talks and conversations will be organized on September 9-10 featuring artist Danwen Xing, Board Chair of Asia Art Archive Jane DeBevoise, senior curator of M+ museum Li Pi, prize-winning writers Ahdaf Soueif and Koonchung Chan.