Stieglitz19 was the first gallery to show the works of Ren Hang in Europe, at the exhibition Chinese Spring #1 in 2011. He had also his first big solo exhibition at Stieglitz19 in 2015. Stieglitz19 works in close cooperation with the Ren Hang Estate, the mother of Ren Hang and has contributed at 2 exhibitions with the Estate: in 2018 at the Open Eye gallery in Liverpool (solo show) and in March 2018 at the MEP in Paris (solo show).
Originally from Chang Chun in the Jilin province of Northeastern China, Ren Hang (b.1987) is a poet and photographer living and working in Beijing. Deliberately provocative, Ren Hang’s images challenge conventional codes of morality in a still highly conservative society. The artist’s work has appeared in leading independent magazines in China and around the world.
The explicit nature of Ren Hang’s photography has often made it difficult for galleries in his homeland to mount exhibitions of his work. Despite this, his images have been exhibited widely; with several solo shows in China and appearances in numerous group shows internationally in countries including Italy, France, Russia, Israel and Sweden.