May 3 | Cao Fei | act spring 2021 lecture series

Cao Fei. Photo by Myrzik und Jarisch (2017).
ACT at MIT

Monday, May 3
Virtual Event
Time TBD

Cao Fei (b. 1978, Guangzhou) is one of the most innovative Chinese artists to have emerged on the international scene. Currently living in Beijing, she mixes social commentary, popular aesthetics, references to Surrealism, and documentary conventions in her films and installations. Her works reflect on the rapid and chaotic changes that are occurring in Chinese society today.

Cao Fei’s works have been exhibited at a number of international biennales and triennales, including the Shanghai Biennale, the Moscow Biennale, the Taipei Biennale, the 15th & 17th Biennale of Sydney, the Istanbul Biennial, the Yokohama Triennale, and the 50th, 52nd & 56th Venice Biennale. Exhibitions and screenings of her work have taken place at Tate Modern, the Serpentine Galleries and the Whitechapel Gallery in London; the New Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and MoMA in New York; the Centre Pompidou, the Palais de Tokyo and the Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris. In 2016, Cao Fei held her first solo exhibition at MoMA PS1, New York.

Cao Fei’s recent projects include a solo show at Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong (2018) and a retrospective at K21 Düsseldorf (2018), a solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2019), an Augmented Reality Art Project by APPLE and the New Museum New York (2019), a solo exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries, London (2020). Her future projects will be a solo exhibition at the MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome (2021) and a solo exhibition at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2021).

She was a nominee for the Future Generation Art Prize (2010) and the finalist of Hugo Boss Prize (2010). She received the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) Best Young Artist Award (2006) and Best Artist Award (2016). She was also the recipient of Piedra de Sal Award at Cuenca Biennale (2016). She entered the shortlist for The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize (2021). 

Cao Fei was on the Jury of The Selection Committee for the Curatorship of the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014), the jury of The Bonnefanten Award for Contemporary (2016), and the jury of Hugo Boss Asia Art Prize (2019). She was the nominator of the Rolls-Royce Art Programme Muse (2019). 

Part of ACT’s Spring 2021 Lecture Series, The Incidence of Fingerprints When Earth Meets the Sky.