Cheng Ran
Born Nei Mongol (CN), 1981
Nationality CN
RijksakademieOPEN 2014
Beeld 1 / 3   'The Fundamentals of Piano', 2014, single-channel video with sound, 4:33 minutes

Literature, western culture and European art house movies are Cheng Ran’s main sources of inspiration. These influences refer to the many bootlegs and illegal versions of films, books and other manifestations of western pop culture in China, where they are 'enriched' with new covers, paragraphs and sometimes even entire chapters. This post-modern way of dealing with meaning, copyright and authenticity is the starting point for Cheng Ran’s practice, which consists mainly of video and film, as well as some photography and installations. He dives into the gaps within existing plots adding speculative stories, connections and perspectives to a soundtrack of classical music. Together they present a new narrative to the viewer.
Ran’s work surpasses solely pointing out the exuberance and radical social change in contemporary China. He combines cinema, theater and poetry in a loose but significant manner, bringing together free association, fragmentation of meaning and the appropriation of stories. Various cultures, social positions and existential questions coexist in a highly stylized scenography.


Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

Solo exhibitions
“The Last Generation”, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne, Beijing, CN
“CHENG RAN”, Video Bureau, Guangzhou, CN
Wall/Ladder/Machine in conjunction with 9BC Performance, 'The last generation', New York, US
ARARIO Gallery, 'Silent Cinema', Seoul, KR
LEO XU PROJECTS, 'What Why How', Shanghai, CN
Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne, 'Hot Blood, Warm Blood, Cold Blood', Beijing, CN
Galerie Urs Meile, Bejing-Lucerne, 'Everything Has Its Time', Beijing, CN
Qingying Gallery, 'Circadian Rhythm', Hangzhou, CN
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, 'Immersion and Distance', Beijing, CN

Selected group exhibitions
The 26th European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck, DE
ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice', Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, CN
“Shanghai Surprise”, A Group Show on Contemporary Art in Shanghai, CN
Video Art Festival, Vídeo Guerrilha, Sao Paulo, BR
Future - Get It Louder, Beijing, CN
2nd Edition N-Minutes Video Art Festival, Shanghai, CN
Off and free film festival‏, Seoul, KR
First issue, SH Contemporary, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, CN
The 1st CAFAM FUTURE, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, CN
Xinjiang Contemporary Art Biennale, Xinjiang International Expo Center, Wulumuqi, CN
BMCC (CUNY) , 'DAY FOR NIGHT: Between Reality and Illusion', in Collaboration with Art 21: Season 6, New York, US
ARARIO Gallery, 'Memento Mori', Beijing, CN
Rockbund Art Museum, 'Model Home', Shanghai, CN
LEO XU PROJECTS, 'Boy: A Contemporary Portrait', Shanghai, CN
FCAC Video Project, Hannover, DE
Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, 'Becoming Peninsula: Symptoms - Young Artists Project of ICCA', Beijing, CN
Ben Brown Fine Arts, 'The Other Wave: Contemporary Chinese Photography', London, GB
Reina Sofia Museum, 'Video Art in China - MADATAC', Madrid, ES
One World, Exposition, Hongkong, CN
Video Art Terminal, Venice, IT
Reunion Island Biennale of Today’s Art 2011, Reunion Island, FR
Minsheng Art Museum, 'Moving Image in China: 1988-2011', Shanghai, CN
Arario Gallery, 'Daybreak' Beijing, CN and Cheonan, KR
House of Electronic Arts Basel, LISTE, 'Be With Me', Basel, CH
James Cohan Gallery, 'Catch the Moon in the Water: Emerging Chinese Artists', New York, US
Taikang Space, 'Present Continuous Past(s)', Beijing, CN
Other Gallery, 'Far Away Beauty Lingers', Shanghai, CN
Meulensteen Gallery, 'In a Perfect World...', New York, US
James Cohan Gallery, 'Intermission', Shanghai, CN
Galleria dell'Arco, 'Yun Lang Project – Hangzhou', Shanghai, CN
Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center, 'End to End – New Media Art Show', New York, US
Li-space, 'Optional Exercise', Beijing, CN
Henglu Art Museum, 'How to Do', Hangzhou, CN
Out of Focus, Hangzhou, CN
James Cohan Gallery, 'The Passage Project #1 – Alex: A Tribute to Alexander McQueen', Shanghai, CN
Shiwudong Garden, 'In the Garden Contemporary Art Exhibition', Hangzhou, CN
798 Art Center, 'Cultivating the Future: The Contemporary Art as a National Education, Young Artists Promotional Exhibition', Beijing, CN
MOCA Shanghai, 'Reflection of Minds MOCA Envisage Biennale', Shanghai, CN
National Mongolian Modern Art Gallery, 'Mongolia 360° – 1st Land Art Biennale, Ulaanbaatar, MN
Li-Space, 'Get Moving', Beijing, CN
Shift Station, 'Use the Hand do the Job', Shanghai, CN
Vanguard Gallery, 'Gas station 3: Soft Landing, Hard Landing', Shanghai, CN
V2 Institute for the Unstable Media, '3rd i project: compilation of Chinese video art', Rotterdam, NL
James Cohan Gallery, 'The Tell-Tale Heart (Part 2)', New York, US
Osage Gallery, 'Homestay', Shanghai, CN
ARARIO, 'Reshaping History', Beijing, CN
Platform China, 'Jungle – A Close-Up Focus on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends', Beijing, CN
James Cohan Gallery, ´The Tell-tale Heart Part', Shanghai, CN
Cream – International Festival for Arts and Media, Yokohama, JP
PROGRAM, 'There Is No I in Team', Berlin, DE
Seoul International Experimental Film Festival, Seoul, KR
The 6th China Independent Film Festival, Nanjing, CN
Today Art Museum, 'YiPai – Century Thinking: A Contemporary Art Exhibition', Beijing, CN
ShanghART H-Space, 'Blackboard – Group Exhibition', Shanghai, CN
Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, 'What Has Been Happening Here? - The Inaugural Exhibition of Chinese Independent Film Archive', Beijing, CN
HT Contemporary Space, 'New Work from China, Fortune Cookie Projects ', Singapore, SG
The Third Guangzhou Triennial, 'Farewell to Post-Colonialism', Guangzhou, CN
The 3rd China Media Art Festival, Hangzhou, CN
Newcastle Upon Tyne, GB, 'There Is No I in Team'
MOCA Art Museum, 'Infantization', Taipei, TW
Focus Automatically – 15 video art works, Suzhou, CN
ARARIO, 'Refresh: Emerging Chinese Artists', Beijing, CN
Platform China, 'Amateur World', Beijing, CN
Today Art Museum, 'The First Today’s Documents 2007', Beijing, CN
Himalayas Art Museum, 'Refresh: Emerging Chinese Artists', Shanghai, CN
DoArt Beijing, 'Marking Time, Waiting for the Answer', Beijing, CN
QUT Museum, 'IDAP', AU
Shanghai Art Museum, 'Infantization', Shanghai, CN
The First Chinese Contemporary Art in Anhui Province, Hefei, CN
Platform China, 'Shouting Truth – A Contemporary Art Exhibition', Beijing, CN
Paul Morris Gallery, 'On view: Selections From China', New York, US
Video Garden Miami Beach, 'Contemporary video in Asia', Miami, US
Loft49,  'GIFT-2', Hangzhou, CN
Salzburg Museum of Modern Art, AT, 'Elektrische Schatten China', Video Festival
Image Flux: China New work in Video Art, Guangzhou, CN
Chinese Independent Films Screenings 05-06, RCM Art Museum, Nanjing, CN
Modern Art Museum of Hangzhou Normal University, GIFTS, Hangzhou, CN
Basement of Tian Yu Apartment, 'In the Deep of Reality: A Case of Chinese Contemporary Art', Hangzhou, CN
DDM Warehouse, 'Wink: Video Festival', Shanghai, CN
China Academy of Art, 'The Second Chinese New Media Art Festival', Hangzhou, CN
Bai Ta Ling Space, 'Circle Place: Video Installation Exhibition', Hangzhou, CN
Nan Jing Arts Institute, 'Chinese Independent Films Screenings', Nanjing, CN
Bai Ta Ling Space, 'BAI TA LING - Contemporary Art Exhibition', Hangzhou, CN