Huang Guaier + Wang Runzhong, born in China, are a multimedia artist duo based in Hangzhou and New York City. Their work interrogates the ontological meaning of photography, as well as explores the possibilities of contemporary photography across the overlaps of multiple fields. They examine the cultural and political identities of Asians and Chinese, and utilize these identities as mediations to discuss realms of language, knowledge and power structure within the current global context. Their projects contextualize from philosophical and political theories, question the increasingly ocular-centric and precarious society, and critique the binary systems in the western academia.
Huang holds Bachelors of Sciences in Psychology and Forensic Science from Syracuse University, and Wang holds Bachelors in Automation Engineering and TV Directing from Communication University of China. They both will graduate in 2018 with a Master of Fine Arts from the Photography department at Parsons School of Design. Their work has been exhibited in international museums and festivals, including 2018 Three Shadows Photography Award Exhibition in Beijing, “2017 Top 20 Cutting-Edge Photographers in China” at Zhejiang Art Museum, the theme show “Your Selfie Stick” at 2017 Lianzhou Foto Festival, China, “Governing Bodies” at Aronson Gallery, New York, and “Open Books: An Open Dialogue” at Connecticut College, New London.