Photo by Zhang Chi (2015)

Cao Fei

Cao Fei (b. 1978, Guangzhou) is a Chinese artist based in Beijing. She is one of the most significant and innovative young artists to have emerged on the international scene from China. Her multimedia projects explore the lost dreams of the young Chinese generation and their strategies for overcoming and escaping reality. She mixes social commentary, popular aesthetics, references to Surrealism, and documentary conventions in her films and installations. Her works reflect on the rapid and chaotic changes that are occurring in Chinese society today.


In July 2015, Cao Fei’s solo exhibition will take place at Secession Museum, Vienna, Austria. Her recent work La Town (2014) is currently on display in Arsenal Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale: All the World’s Future. Another film Whose Utopia (2006) is screening at Poetry and Dream, Tate Modern.


Her online project RMB City (2008-2011) has been exhibited in Deutsche Guggenheim (2010); Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2009); Serpentine Gallery, London (2008); and Yokohama Triennale (2008). Cao Fei’s previous works had participated in a number of international biennales including 15th & 17th Biennale of Sydney (2006 & 2010), Moscow Biennale (2005), Shanghai Biennale (2004), Istanbul Biennale (2007) and 50th & 52nd Venice Biennale (2003 & 2007). She also exhibited video works in Guggenheim Museum, the International Center of Photography, MoMA, MoMA P.S.1 (New York) and Palais de Tokyo (Paris).


Cao Fei was a nominee for the Future Generation Art Prize 2010 and was the finalist of Hugo Boss Prize 2010, and won The 2006 Best Young Artist Award by CCAA (Chinese Contemporary Art Award).