Born in Changchun, China, ZHANG Hanwen currently lives in New York. He received his BS degree in Mathematics and Physics from the Tsinghua University in 2016 and is pursuing an MFA degree in Photo, Video, and Related Media in the School of Visual Arts since 2017. ZHANG’s practice is mostly based on still and moving images, supplemented by performance, digital technology, and writing. Derived from observation of personal experience, he examines the status of individual existence and identity issues in contemporary society, as well as their relationships with ideology, space, memory, and body. His work has been exhibited in Power Station of Art (Shanghai), Fou Gallery (New York), Art Academy of Tsinghua University (Beijing), and other places and his writing has been published on ArtCo China, BLINK, Brownie Art Photo, and other media outlets.
2019 MFA Photography Video and Related Media, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2016 BS Mathematics and Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, CN
2019 Thomas Reiss Memorial Award, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2015 First Prize on Photography, The Fourth National University Student Art Award, Tianjin, CN
2019 (upcoming) Egocracy, CON-TEMPORARY Art Observatorium, Lavagna, IT
2018 Bad Code, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, CN
2018 Catalysts in the Morning Dew, SVA Gramercy Gallery, New York, NY
2018 VPN - The Relative Position with the Boundaries, Fou Gallery, New York, NY
2018 New Youth: China - America Young Artists Exhibition, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY
2017 Haikou International Youth Experimental Arts Festival, Haikou, CN
2016 BFA Thesis Exhibition, Gallery of Academy of Art and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, CN
2016 Suspended Dimensions: PCCA Group Exhibition, Tsinghua University Yifu Library, Beijing, CN
2015 The Fourth National University Student Art Award Exhibition, Tianjin Art Museum, Tianjin, CN
Publications as Author
2018 “On ‘The Shape of Light’ in Tate Modern,” Brownie Art Photo, July 4, 2018.
2018 “‘New Photography’ Takes ‘Being’ as the Topic after 30th Year,” ArtCo China, June 2018.
2018 “Except Gimmicks, What Does the ‘Songs for Sabotage’ Sound Like in the New Museum?” ArtCo China,
2018 “Whose Theater of the World: A Review of Guggenheim Chinese Exhibition,” ArtCo China, January 2018.
2017 “The Guggenheim Museum with the Theater of the World in It,” Blink Magazine, November 2017.
2017 “Imaginary Identification and Loss in the Movie ‘Her’," Blink Magazine, January 2017.
2018 Yan Mengqi, “Empty Time Lag,” Blink Magazine, May 2018.
2015 “T-MArt Studio Featured Artist: Hanwen Zhang,” Tsinghua University T-MArt Studio, May 26, 2015.
Teaching and Professional Experience
2019 Teaching Assistant for “Cinema and Revolution”, Art History Department, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2018-19 Archivist, MFA Photo Video and Related Media, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2018 Orientation Organizer for international students, MFA Photo Video and Related Media, School of Visual Arts,
New York, NY
2015 Workshop Organizer on the history of photography, 706 Space, Beijing, CN
2015 Workshop Coordinator and Translator, Thomas Lüttge Workshop, Tsinghua University, Beijing, CN
2015 Lecturer, Students Association of Photography, Tsinghua University, Beijing, CN
Lectures and Panel Discussions
2019 “GCC 2019 Art Panel,” New York University, New York, NY, February 25.
2018 “Panel: Brand New Art from China,” MFA Photo Video and Related Media, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, October 23.
2018 “Panel: Storm Eye, Lines of Flight,” Tsinghua Art Museum, Beijing, CN, June 21.
2015 “Panel: On Experimental Photography,” 706 Space, Beijing, CN, June 6.