Cang Xin Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Cang Xin


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Height: 172 cm
Cang Xin is a bona fide shaman; he holds the profound belief that all things have spirit – both animate and inanimate objects – and is a member of an order of enlightened holy men who have the ability to enter various forms at will. As one of China’s most celebrated performance artists, Cang approaches his work as a means to promote harmonious communication with nature. His works have included bathing with lizards, adorning the clothing of strangers, and prostrating himself on icy glaciers: each act representing a ritual of becoming the other.

Cang’s Communication is an ongoing piece, begun in 1996. Engaging with the world at large with his tongue – one of the most intimate and sensitive parts of the body – Cang’s performance represents an internalising of knowledge and a religious communion with place/person/thing. Sites for this performance have included Tiananmen Square and The Coliseum. In the work presented here, Cang recreates this performance in the gallery with a realer-than-real sculpture of himself. Cang minimises the concept of representation, creating an engaging ‘environment’ in life scale.

Other artists in

Zhang Dali    Zeng Fanzhi    Wang Guangyi    Zheng Guogu    Zhang Haiying    Zhang Hongtu    Zhang Huan    Qiu Jie    Xiang Jing    Shi Jinsong    Fang Lijun    Yue Minjun    Li Qing    Wu Shanzhuan    Shen Shaomin    Li Songsong    Zhan Wang    Liu Wei    Zhang Xiaogang    Zhang Xiaotao    Cang Xin    Shi Xinning    Li Yan    Bai Yiluo    Zhang Yuan    Sun Yuan & Peng Yu    Yin Zhaohui    Feng Zhengjie

Cang Xin's Biography

Cang Xin
Born in Suihua, Heilongjiang Province, China

Lives in East Town of Beijing, China


Program for the patient: Auto-write, solo show of performance art, Beijing, China

Communication, solo show of performance art, Beijing, China

Virus series: trample the face, solo show of performance art, Beijing, China

Virus series: no.1, solo show of performance art, Beijing, China


Bologna International Art Expo Bologna, Italy

Vehicle and Mirror Beijing New Art Projects
Photography Group Exhibition London Red Mansion Foundation, England
Out of The Red – 2 The photographic Session Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy
Living in Interesting Times: A Decade of New Chinese Photography The Open Museum of Photography, Haifa, Israel
A Strange Heaven: New Chinese Photography Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki, Finland
100 Artists for A Museum Casoria Contemporary Museum, Italy
Body Scape Contemporary Chinese Photography and Performance Documentation Red Gate Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Unusual Scene Five Chinese Contemporary Artists’ Case Analysis Today Art Museum,Beijing
Beauty Chinese Contemporary Art Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Bad Girls, Good Girls Red Foundation, London, England
Inward Gazes Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art Macao Museum of Art, Macao

Spellbound Aura The New Vision of Chinese Photography Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei
Sens Interdits? Sensuality in Contemporary Chinese Art. Perigueux, France
Between Past and Future New Photography and Video from China; New York International Center of Photography;
Asia Society; Chicago David Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art;
Seattle Art Museum; London Victoria and Albert Museum; Berlin Haus der Kulturen der Welt; Santa Barbara Museum of Art
The 9th Nippon Asian Performance Art Series ‘04 Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Nagano, Japan
Moving ON Contemporary Art Museum, National University of Singapore
The 4th Pingyao International Photography Festival Pingyao, Shanxi
Public Territory the 1st Architectural Biennial Beijing
Public Space and Urban Environment Australia Melbourne Art Exposition, Red Gate gallery, Beijing
Chinese contemporary art photograph exhibition Cologne photograph equipment exposition, Alexandria gallery, Berlin, Germany

Asian Art Festival Asian Gallery, Fokuok, Japan
Bare Androgyny Beijing, China
A Strong Heaven Contemporary Chinese Photography Vienna National Museum,
France National Museum, Czechoslovakia National Museum.
Public Space and personal eyes-new vision in China Kampnagel Artist Center, Hamburg, Germany

N Identity Nanjing, China
Biennale of Sydney - The World May be Fantastic Sydney, Australia
Mask Vs. Face Redgate Gallery, Beijing, China
Photography Group Exhibition Courtyard Gallery, Beijing China
Ke Li Lang Over-Interest Contemporary Art Exhibition Singapore
Pingyao International Photography Festival Pingyao, Shanxi
Making Dreams Portrait Donglang Gallery, Shanghai
Bridge-Contemporary Art Exhibition Jilin Changchun
The 1st Guangzhou Triennial Guangdong Art Museum, Guangdong

Charming China Bangkok, Thailand
The 8th International Performance Art Exhibition Tokyo, Japan
Hot Pot Kinesisk Samtidskunst, Chinese Contemporary Art, Norway
Virtual Future Guangdong Museum of Art
Hong Kong Chinese Contemporary Photography Hong Kong Art Center
Contemporary Chinese Photography Galerie Loft, Paris, France
Uprising Singapore, Kualu Lumpar, Taiwan, Beijing, Macau,
Annual Exhibition of Chinese Photography Shandong, Dong Ying, China
Courtyard Gallery Four Person Exhibition Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
Neice Chinese Photography Festival Neice City, France
Dialogo Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Mantova, Italy
Chinese Contemporary Performance Photography Exhibition Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
Dialogo - others Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Chiesa Santa Teresa dei Maschi, Bari, Italy
Knowledge is Power Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Beijing Xidan, China

Xieyang Island Performance Art Festival Guangxi
2000 Image and Net Art Exhibition Changchun
Home? Contemporary Art Project Shanghai
Man and Animals performance art show, Beijing
International Contemporary Art Interflow Exhibition Nanjing
Photographs of Four Artists London
Amazing China Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai
International Performance Art Festival Beijing
Asian Art Festival performance art photo exhibition, Paris
Documentation of Chinese Avant-Garde Art in the 90’s Fukuoka Asian Art museum, Japan
China’s Human Landscapes Land Art Exhibition, Guilin, China
Unusual and usual Contemporary Art Exhibition, Shanghai

Modern Photography of Four Artists Tokyo
Out of Control Beijing Design Museum.
Start from China New Art Exhibition, Beijing
Unusual Way of Writing Art Academy of Nanjing Normal University
Traditional Visual Image Fine Art Academy of Shanghai University
Documentation of Chinese Installation Art Exhibition Hong Kong

431 Video & Computer Art Exhibition Changchun, China

Cage installation & performance show, Beijing

To Add One Meter to a Unknown Mountain performance art, Beijing
Original Sound performance art show, Beijing
Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition Changchun, China

Asia Contemporary Art Tokyo, Osaka, Japan
Post Eleven Zhaoyao Gallery, Beijing