Hanwen Zhang is an artist and filmmaker originally from Changchun, China, who has been wandering nomadically across Germany lately. Drawing from artistic research and field studies, his work examines specific landscapes, infrastructures, and mundane activities through images and texts, weaving them within a network of local, personal, transnational, historical, and ideological contexts. His recent research revolves around marginalized individuals’ exile, troublesome colonial heritage, and secret society activities against the backdrop of East Asian modern/contemporary history.

Zhang holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and has participated in various artist-in-residencies and fellowship programs including the German Chancellor Fellowship (Bonn, 2025), the Braunschweig Projects (Braunschweig, 2023), the Oberhausen Seminar (Oberhausen, 2023), the Fosun Foundation Art Residency (Shanghai, 2021), the BRIClab Video Art Residency (New York, 2020), etc. His work has been exhibited and screened at venues such as the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, the OCAT Institute in Beijing, BY ART MATTERS in Hangzhou, the CACHE Space in Beijing, as well as at film festivals including the Beijing International Short Film Festival and BBC LongShots. In 2020, Zhang’s film “The First Line of China” was awarded the SAH Award for Film and Video.


张本科毕业于清华大学,2019 年于纽约视觉艺术学院获得摄影及摄像的艺术硕士学位。他是 2024 年德国总理奖金(洪堡基金会)的获得者,并参与过由不伦瑞克艺术大学、奥伯豪森电影节、东莞燕岭园、成都 A8 设计中心、上海复星艺术中心、纽约 BRIC、纽约 UnionDocs、Vermont Studio Center 等机构或团体组织的艺术家驻留或奖学金项目。他的作品曾在包括上海当代艺术博物馆、北京缓存空间、杭州天目里美术馆等地展出,也曾在诸多大学、研究所和电影节进行过放映及讨论。他的电影《中国第一线》在 2019 年入选 BBC 首届线上电影节 LongShots,并在2020年被芝加哥建筑史学会授予年度影像奖项。