Biography

Cai Dongdong

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. Through the use of archival, found photography, and installation, Cai 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. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions worldwide, including Photography Autocracy, Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY (2017); Fountain 泉, Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY (2016); Off Target: Cai Dongdong, Charles Chu Reading Room, Connecticut College (2016); Image Uterus Production Power, Gallery 55, Shanghai, China (2013); Draftsmanship, Mattias Kuper Galleries, Stuttgart, Germany (2012); Tea Garden, UNIDEE Art Foundation, Biella, Italy (2011); and 51m2: 6# Cai Weidong, Taikang Space, Beijing, China (2010).

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS 
2017
“Photography Autocracy," Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY
 
2016
“Fountain泉,” Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY 
“Let it Be,” Gallery 100, Taipei, Taiwan
“Off Target: Photographs by Cai Dongdong,” Charles Chu Reading Room, Charles Shain Library, Connecticut College, New London, CT 
 
2015
“Rebirth," Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, China 
“Following Stone,” Tong Gallery+Projects, Beijing, China
“Trans- Section of Memory,” Jiali Gallery, Beijing, China
 
2014
“Oh My God,” Action Space, Beijing, China
 
2013
“Image Uterus Production Power,” Gallery 55, Shanghai, China 
“Appreciating Audiences,” Gallery 55, Shanghai, China
 
2012
“Draftsmanship,” Mattias Kuper Galleries, Beijing, China; Mattias Kuper Galleries, Stuttgart, Germany
“Cai Dongdong: Pulling to The Left,” Taikang Space, Beijing, China
 
2011
“Tea Garden,” UNIDEE Art Foundation, Biella, Italy
 
2010
“51m2: 6# Cai Weidong,” Taikang Space, Beijing, China
 
 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 
2019
"Chinese Spring #4," Markgravelei 95 POP UP, Antwerp, Belgium
 
2018
"Emerging Dimensions: Works by Li Hongbo and Cai Dongdong," Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University, Dallas, PA
 
2018
"40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography," OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China
"Ten Directions-The 10th Anniversary Exhibition of The Three Shadows Photography Award," The Three Shadows Gallery, Beijing, China; Xiamen, China
"New Historical Drama," Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
"Go Live," Museum of Nanjing Institute of Arts, China
"Negative, Positive," Wanying Art Museum, Shijiazhuang, China 
"New Expression of Beijing,” N3 Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
 
2017
"Évidences du réel: La photographie face à ses facunes," Musée d'art de Pully, Pully, Switzerland
“Bizarreland, Exhibition of Chinese and Contemporary Photography,” Nantong City Center Art Museum, Nantong, China
“Working on History. Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Cultural Revolution,” Staatliche Mussen zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany (Forthcoming)
“Strolling along the Discernible Min Jiang” Blue Roof Art Zone, Cheng Du, China
“40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography (1976 - 2017)", Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, China 
"Future Forest Children Lab," T80 Technology Culture International Community, Nanjing, China
"One Hundred Languages," Nanjing, China
"Photosynthesis," M97 Gallery, Shanghai, China
"Simultaneous Eidos," Guangzhou Image Triennial 2017, China 
 
2016
“The Lost Diary of Beijing,” Star Gallery, Beijing, China
“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
“Sayizheng III”, Tuanjiehu Park, Beijing, China
“This is why we play,” Zaisan Gallery 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 
“TAKE ME OUT,” Chi K11 Art Foundation, Shanghai, China
"2016 Photo Shanghai," Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China  
"Daegu Photo Biennale 2016," Daegu, South Korea
 
2015
“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
“Fat Choi,” A307, Beijing, China
“Fundamental Labor,” Koala Space, Tianjin, China
“Consciousness and Reconstruction- from Yan’an Woodcut to the Practice of nameless,” Xi’an Museum, Xi’an, China
“Winter Discovery 2015,” Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu, China
"Echigo-Tsumari Triennial," Niigata, Japan
 
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, Yifeng Gallery, Shanghai, China
“The Home Project No. 1,” Space Regeneration, Tianjin, China
“Get it Louder,” SOHO Sanlitun, Beijing, China
 
2013
“Civilization Round 1 – Lin Lv,” White Box Art Center, Beijing, China
“The Second Beijing Photo Biennial,” 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
“Rundeli Market-Sanyizheng II”, Runlide Market, Beijing, China
 
2012
“(+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
 
2011
“Image, History, Existence, Taikang Life 15th Anniversary Art Collection Exhibition,” National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China 
“51m2: 16 Emerging Chinese Artists,” Taikang Space, 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
“Longquan Spa”, Beijing, China
"Chongqing International Invitation Exhibition of Contemporary Photography," Chongqing, China
 
2010
“The Market: I’m,” Beijing Center for the Arts, Beijing, China
“Portraits,” EGG Gallery, Beijing, China
 
2009
“Lead Up,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
“YOUTH,” China Square, New York, NY
“Nothing,” Genssun International Art Space, Beijing, China
 
2008
“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
 
2007
“Attitude,” Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China
 
2006
“China and Taiwan Contemporary Photography,” Donggang Museum of Photography, Yeongwol-gun, South Korea
 
2005
“Re-viewing,” Guangzhou International Photo Biennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China 
“Conspire,” TS1 Gallery, Beijing, China
AWARDS
2015
TOP20 Young Photographers, Chinese Contemporary Emerging Photographer 2015, China
2014
NF Media ART 289, Magazine New Force 2014, China
2010
3rd Turner Modern Art Award, 1st Prize, Italy
2005
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Outstanding Photographer Creation Fund Award, China
 
Artist-in-Residency
2017
Deutsch-Chinesischer Verein zum Austausch von Kunst & Kultur, Berlin, Germany
Strolling along the Dscenible Minjiang River, Tomorrow Art & X Gallery residency, Chengdu, China 
 
2011
Unidee Art Foundation, Italy

Public Art Projects:
2014
Oh, My God, Action Space, Beijing, China
The Home Art Project, Tianjin, China

2013
Chang’an Avenue Car Rally, Beijing, China
36 Blow Jobs 72 Positions, Beijing, China
Yellow Ants Art Lab Project: Appreciating the Audience, Shanghai, China

2011
Tea House, UNIDEE Foundation of Italy, Turin, Italy
 

Selected Public Collections
Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia
UNIDEE Art Foundation, Biella, Italy
CAFA (China Central Academy of Fine Arts) Art Museum, Beijing, China
White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Taikang Space, Beijing, China
Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, China
Blue Mountain Contemporary Art, Israel