Huang Guaier + Wang Runzhong, born in China, are a multimedia artist duo based in Shanghai 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 graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree 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.
“Person, Place or Thing: New Ideas in Photography,” Sharon Art Center Gallery, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Peterborough, NH
“Where Are We Going?,” School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2018 Photo-ADT Coming Image, Art Museum of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
2018 Three Shadows Photography Award Exhibition, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, China
2018 Three Shadows Photography Award Exhibition, Three Shadows Photography Art Xiamen Center, Xiamen, China
2018 European Literature Night, Czech Center New York, New York, NY
2018 Art Nova 100, Guardian Art Center, Beijing, China
"NOW", Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, New York, NY
AMNUA International Exhibition of Photography, "Screen Refreshing. Labor", Art Museum of Nanjing University of Arts, Nanjing, China
"The Reconfigured Selfhood", Hunter College 205 Gallery, New York, NY
"Outsider", Yui Gallery, New York, NY
"NOW", Art Museum of Nanjing University of Arts, Nanjing, China
abC Art Book in China, M Woods Museum, Beijing, China
“Apparatus of Discomfort”, 3 Gallery, New York, NY
20th Chinese Cutting-Edge Contemporary Photography Exhibition Top 20, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
Lianzhou Foto Festival 2017, "Your Selfie Stick (and You)", Lianzhou, Guangdong, China
“Governing Bodies", Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, New York, NY
“Open Books: A New Dialogue”, Connecticut Collage Library, New London, CT
Photoville Photography Festival 2017, "Apparatus of Discomfort", Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, NY
“Now, An Unbecoming”, Skybridge Gallery, New York, NY
"Manifestos Unheard" Performance Art Show, 25East Gallery, New York, NY
"Save As...", 3rd Lab, Chongqing, China
BABZ Art Book Fair, Knockdown Center, New York, NY
Photography, Artbook@MoMA PS1, Queens, NY
Photography, Printed Matter, New York, NY
"Photo, Matters.", 25East Gallery, New York, NY
Lishui International Photo Festival, "If Art Could Start Over", Lishui, Zhejiang, China
17th Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China
2nd Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale, Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art, Chongqing, China
16th Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China
"(Re) Public". Post-election, 3 Gallery, New York, NY
Publications & Honors
“Contemporary Photographic Art in the Age of A.I.”, Chinese Photography (ISSN 0529-6420), Issue.476, Feb. 2019.
“Interlink”, 2018 Three Shadows Photography Award Exhibition Catalogue, Zhejiang Photographic Publishing House, ISBN 978-7-5514-2139-3.
"Top 20 Cutting-Edging Photographers", Chinese Photography (ISSN 2304-7577), Issue. 463, Jan. 2018.
"Best New Photographers of the Year 2017", Fotomen Magazine (ISSN 1004-0153), Issue. 395, Jan. 2018.
“How do you be yourself in the virtual world?”, Modern Weekly (ISBN 6943144408018), Issue 1026, Aug. 2018.
Parsons Photography Scholarship 2018
2017 Top 20 Chinese Contemporary Photographers Exhibition. Zhejiang Photographic Publishing House. ISBN 978-7-5514-2076-1.
Natural Growth: Cases of 100 Chinese Photographers born after 1985. China Photographic Publishing House. ISBN 978-7-5179-0653-7.
Parsons Photography Scholarship 2017
interviews & Reviews
一本没有任何影像的书 A Photo-book Without Photos, 中摄协影像中文网 China Photography Association Net
黄乖儿和汪润中 Huang Guaier & Wang Runzhong, 轮到你了 It's Your Turn
自然生长 Natural Growth, 现代摄影网 China Contemporary Site of Photography
Arts Council Malta in New York, U.S.
"Cultural Heterotopia: Asian Identities, Languages, and Contemporary Art", SIPA at Columbia University, New York, U.S.