Artist Talk: Cao Fei

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Take a closer look at the work of artist Cao Fei in this new talk

Still from Nova that shows a single figure in the centre, just below a doorway. Whole image is aglow in blue and dark purple tint from an unclear light source.

Artist Talk: Cao Fei

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Take a closer look at the work of artist Cao Fei in this new talk

This event is part of our Past Programme

To celebrate Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2021, join Cao Fei in the final of our four artist talks featuring this year’s shortlistees who reflect the most influential practitioners working now. Together with writer and artist Xiaolu Guo, hear more about the effects of automation, globalisation and hyper urbanisation on the human condition in relation to memory and contemporary social structures -- themes that permeate Cao Fei’s wider research but that are particularly evident in the work featured in her nominated exhibition Blueprints (2020, Serpentine).

Details on how to access the talk will be confirmed upon registration. Please check your junk folders if you haven't received an email from TPG staff confirming your place. 

Watch the Live Stream from Tue 7 Sep, 13.00 BST

Biographies

Born in 1978 in Guangzhou, Cao Fei is one of the most innovative young 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. Using video, digital media, photography and objects, her works reflect on the rapid and chaotic changes that are occurring in Chinese society today.

Xiaolu Guo is a Chinese British novelist, essayist and filmmaker. Her novels include A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers. Her memoir Nine Continents received the National Book Critics Circle Award 2017. Her most recent novel A Lover’s Discourse is shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2020. Named as a Granta’s Best of Young British Novelist in 2013, she has also directed a dozen films including How Is Your Fish Today (Sundance) and UFO In Her Eyes (TIFF). Her feature She, A Chinese received the Golden Leopard Award at the Locarno Film Festival 2009. She had her film retrospective at London’s Whitechapel Gallery in 2019.

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