Cai Dong Dong

Cai  Dong Dong - Photo

(Tianshu - China, 1978)


Born in Tianshu, Gansu, in 1978, Cai Dongdong joined the People’s Liberation Army at a young age, taking up a role as a portrait photographer for enlisted soldiers. This job became his formal training in the medium, developing into a career path as he returned to Beijing and opened his own studio. Although Cai Dongdong no longer takes photographs himself, he still calls himself a 'photographer;' through the use of archival, found photography, and installation, he creates half-fragmented realities. Taking readymade materials – a nod to Duchamp's Dadaist sensibilities – he pierces through the skin of these photographs with mirrors, arrows, and other objects, forming what he calls 'photo-sculptures.'


Cai currently lives and works in Beijing. 





"Fountain " Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY.



"Following Stone" Tong Gallery+Projects, Beijing, China.



"Image Uterus Production Power" Gallery 55, Shanghai, China.



"Draftsmanship" Mattias Kuper Galleries, Beijing, China; Mattias Kuper Galleries, Stuttgart, Germany.

"Cai Dongdong: Pulling to The Left" Taikang Space, Beijing, China.



"Tea Garden" UNIDEE Art Foundation, Biella, Italy.


"51m2: 6# Cai Weidong" Taikang Space, Beijing, China.



Group Exhibitions



"It’s exactly as if it had never happened" 1 House (Art + Fashion), 798 District, Beijing, China.

"The Exhibition of Annual Contemporary Art in China," Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China.

"Silk Road International” Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China.

"Guns and Roses - Chinese Contemporary Art” Kunstraum, Potsdam c/o Waschhaus, Germany.

"Scripts of the Bodies” Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Xiamen, China.

"Tuanjiehu Park” Sayizheng III, Beijing, China.

"Turning Point: Contemporary Art in China Since 2000" Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

"Ghost in Flash: After Photography" Taikang Space, Beijing, China.

"New Capital: Huang Yu Collection Exhibition" Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu, Chengdu, China.



"Links – Locality and Nomadism" Galaxy Museum of Contemporary Art, Chongqing, China.

"Beyond the Earth – The First Xi’an Contemporary Photography Exhibition" Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China.

"Editing the Spectacle: the Individual and Working Methods Post Mediatization" Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China.

"Chinese Photography: Twentieth Century and Beyond" Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China.

"Unfamiliar Asia: The Second Beijing Photo Biennial" CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China.

"Economic Foundation" Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Store, Beijing, China.

"Three Shadows Photo Award Exhibition" Echigo-Tsumari Art Field, Tokamachi, Japan.

"Re-exposure" Poly Art Space, Hong Kong.

"China 8: Contemporary Art from China on the Rhine and Ruhr" Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany.

"Perception of Reality" Pa Ta Gallery, Beijing, China.

"2nd Three Shadows Experimental Image Open Exhibition" Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China.2014

"The Images of Mundane Life" Second Yuandian Contemporary Photography Festival, Yuan Dian Gallery, Beijing, China.

"Unlived by What is Seen" Galeria Continua, Beijing, China; Pace Beijing, Beijing, China; Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China.

"The Soft of Painting" Jing Gallery, Beijing, China.

"Unfathomable" Today Art Museum, Beijing, China.

"The Future is the Past: Transitional Chinese Portrait" Les Amis de Nouvelles D’Europe, Vienna, Austria.

"Civilization Round 2 – Yu Lin" OCAT Xi’an, Xi’an, China.

"Pull Left – Not Always Right" Urban Arts Space, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Hillstrom Museum of Art, St. Peter, MN; The Trout Gallery, The Art Museum of Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA; HACC Rose Lehrman Art Gallery, Harrisburg, PA.

"Uneasy Trip in Asia 2014" Star Gallery, Beijing, China.

"From New Photography to Rookie Award: Three Shadows’ Collection" He Xiang Ning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China.

"Arts on the Papers," Space Station, Beijing, China.

"Imaginary Happiness" Bottega Veneta, Shanghai, China.

"The Home Project No. 1" Space Regeneration, Tianjin, China.

"Pleasures of the Imaginary" Yifeng Gallery, Shanghai, China.

"Oh My God" ACTION Gallery, Beijing, China.



"Civilization Round 1 – Lin Lv" White Box Art Center, Beijing, China.

"From New Photography to Rookie Award: Three Shadows’ Collection" Three Shadows. Photography Art Center, Beijing, China.

"Here and Now, From Boredom to Endless Delays" Li Space, Beijing, China.

"Unboundedness" China Cultural Center, Berlin, Germany.



"(+150) Visione: Origine a Potere: Energia Attraverso Le Generazioni" Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia.

"Carnival: Hei Qiao Artist Community" Mizuma & One Gallery, Beijing, China.

"Conceptual Renewal" Si Shang Art Museum, Beijing, China.

"Culture.Desert: Kubuqi Contemporary Art Exhibition" KuBuQi Art Museum, Kubuqi, China.

"A Kite," C Space, Beijing, China.



"Image, History, Existence, Taikang Life 15th Anniversary Art Collection Exhibition" National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China.

"The Third Party - Act 3" Platform China, Beijing, China.

"Friday in Frac" FRAC Gallery, Turin, Italy.

"Cai Dongdong x Ge Lei x Su Wenxiang x Zhao Yao" Aether Art Space, Beijing, China.2010

"The Market: I’m" Beijing Center for the Arts, Beijing, China.

"51m2: 16 Emerging Chinese Artists" Taikang Space, Beijing, China.

"Portraits," EGG Gallery, Beijing, China.



"Lead Up" Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China.

"YOUTH" China Square, New York, NY.

"Nothing" Genssun International Art Space, Beijing, China.



"China’s Contemporary Photography in the New Century" ArtGate Gallery, New York, NY.

"See Through" Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong.

"Fabricating lmages from History" Chinablue Gallery, Beijing, China.

"Outward lmages" Three Shadows Photography Center, Beijing, China.

"Nothing to Hide" EGG Gallery, Beijing, China.



"Attitude" Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China.



"China and Taiwan Contemporary Photography" Donggang Museum of Photography, Yeongwol-gun, South Korea.



"Re-viewing" Guangzhou International Photo Biennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China.

"Conspire" TS1 Gallery, Beijing, China.





Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China

Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia

UNIDEE Art Foundation, Biella, Italy

CAFA (China Central Academy of Fine Arts), Beijing, China



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