2019      Master of Fine Arts, Photography, Video and Related Media, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2016      Bachelor of Science, Mathematics and Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, CN

Awards & Fellowships

2024-25 German Chancellor Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, DE
2023-24 Braunschweig Projects, Braunschweig University of Art (HBK Braunschweig), Braunschweig, DE
2023      Oberhausen Seminar, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Oberhausen, DE
2020      SAH Award for Film and Video, Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago, IL
2019      Thomas Reiss Memorial Award, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2015      First Prize in Photography, The Fourth National University Student Art Award, Tianjin, CN

Artist in Residencies

2024 (Upcoming) Spreepark Art Space Residency, Spreepark Art Space, Berlin, DE
2022      Do-Injoy Residence Program, Yan Garden, Dongguan, CN
2021      Research-based Writing Residency, PULSASIR, Hangzhou, CN
2021      A8 Image AIR, A8 Design Center, Chengdu, CN
2020-21  BRIClab Video Art Residency, BRIC, New York, NY
2020      Summer Documentary Lab, UnionDocs, New York, NY
2021      Fosun Foundation Art Residency, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, CN
2019      VSC Artist-in-Residency, Vermont Studio Center, VT

Selected Exhibitions and Screenings

2024      Braunschweig Projects 2023-24 Final Presentation, Braunschweig University of Art, Braunschweig, DE
2023      East Asia as a Psychological Landscape, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna, Vienna, AT
2023      Endless Annotation, Yalu River Museum, Dandong, CN
2023      Into the White Night, CEF × By Art Matters, Hangzhou, CN
2021      Film and Video Poetry Symposium, Los Angeles, CA
2021      Beijing International Short Film Festival, Beijing, CN
2021      BRIClab Video Art Screenings, Brooklyn Free Speech HD channel, BRIC, New York, NY
2020      LongShots Film Festival, BBC Reel, UK
2020      Research-based Curatorial Project: Shortlist Exhibition, OCAT Institute, Beijing, CN
2020      Floating, SVA MA Curatorial Practice, New York, NY
2020      Cityscape 2020, CICA Museum, Gimpo, KR
2020      DigiAna Performance Show, Babycastles, New York, NY
2019      Arthaus Artist Residency, Havana, CU
2019      Mannequins and Puppets, Millepiani, Rome, IT
2019      TvE Caribbean Screenings 2019, Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Bridgetown, BB
2019      TvE China Screenings 2019, CACHE Space, Beijing, CN
2019      Aotu Space, Beijing, CN
2019      Social Photography VII, carriage trade, New York, NY
2019      AT HOME ON THE ROADMFA Photo Thesis Screening, SVA Theater, New York, NY
2019      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

Curatorial and Programming Projects

2024      Current Issues, Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, Nijmegen, NL
2023      HBK-Filmforum: HALBZEIT [Connections: Filmklasse / CHINA], Braunschweig University of Art, Braunschweig, DE
2020      Any Resemblance to Actual Events is Entirely Fictitious, Conversazione × CathayPlay, Online


2022      “Thomas Demand: The Stutter of History,” LEAP, Fall/Winter Issue 2022.
2021      “We Spin Around the Night Consumed by the Fire,” LEAP, Spring/Summer Issue 2021.
2020      “Documentary: An Attempt at Renaming,” Conversazione, July 16, 2020.
2019      “Essay Film: Wandering Dog,” Conversazione, May 9, 2019.
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 Do the ‘Songs for Sabotage’ Sound Like in the New Museum?” ArtCo China, April 2018.
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.


2021      “A8 Residency | Hai Kou & Cheng Du Artist Residency Episode 04 – Zhang Hanwen,” A8 Design Center, Nov 11, 2021
2021      Zoe Meng Jiang, “BRIClab Essays: Stateless Wanderers,” BRIC, May 7, 2021.
2020      “Seven films to stream from the BBC’s online film festival,” BBC Culture, May 27, 2020.
2019      “The First Line of China—a thesis by Hanwen Zhang,” Alice, SVA MFA Photo Video, October 9, 2019.
2019      Jiatan Xiao, “BXQ Screening: The First Line of China,” Aotu Space, September 3, 2019
2019      “Catalogue of the Exhibition Egocracy,” CON-TEMPORARY Art Observatorium, April 2019.
2018      Mengqi Yan, “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

2023-24 Shorts Programs Pre-selector, Cork International Film Festival, Cork, IE
2022-23 Entertainment Design Engineer, ShanghaiTech University, Shanghai, CN
2020-21 Assistant Director, “Tungus” and “Wailing Requiem” dir. Tuo Wang, Changchun, CN 
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
2015      Workshop Coordinator and Translator, Thomas Lüttge Workshop, Tsinghua University, Beijing, CN 

Lectures and Artist Talks

2024       “Defection, Exile, and Utopia: Pan-Asianist Bodies and Legacies”, Georg-August University Göttingen, Göttingen, July 5.
2023       Artist presentation and talk, Braunschweig University of Art, Braunschweig, June 14.
2022      “Air Conditioning as Metaphors: From Thermodynamics to Chaos”, Yan Garden, Dongguan, September 24.
2021      “BRIClab Video Art: Public Artist Talk,” BRIC, May 12.
2020      “Online Panel: Curating on the Move,” Inside-Out Art Museum × Conversazione, August 15.
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 Youth Space, Beijing, CN, June 6.