Women Artists in Contemporary China

During her time as post-doctoral researcher with Tate Research Centre: Asia in 2013–14, Dr Monica Merlin conducted a series of interviews with Chinese women artists. Building on her extensive background in Chinese art history, Monica’s current research focuses on contemporary Chinese art and visual culture, with a special interest in the practice of women artists in mainland China, and gender as a method for art history. We are proud to publish a number of these interviews here, and will be adding further interviews over the coming weeks.

  • Xiang Jing 向京

    Xiang Jing (born 1968) works primarily with fibreglass sculpture to express her investigation of the ‘internality’ of human nature. Her ...

  • Yu Hong 喻红

    Graduate of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1988, Yu Hong (born 1966) is one of the most representative ...

  • Cai Jin 蔡锦

    Cai Jin (born 1965) works with oil paint in vibrant colours. Her most celebrated work is the Banana Plant series ...

  • Chen Qiulin 陈秋林

    Chen Qiulin (born 1975) works primarily with the moving image but also performance, photography and installation. Interested in reality for ...

  • Fang Lu 方璐

    Working in moving image, Fang Lu (born 1981) is inspired by popular culture and daily life experience. Her work reveals ...

  • Gao Ling 高灵

    Gao Ling (born 1980) has an interdisciplinary approach, encompassing installation, photography and performance. Within her works Gao challenges the relationship ...

  • Han Yajuan 韩娅娟

    As part of the post-1978 generation, Han Yajuan (born 1980) is concerned with China’s socio-cultural transformations and new materialistic trends ...

  • He Chengyao 何成瑶

    Through a combination of performance, video and photography, He Chengyao (born 1964) explores gender, mental illness and the body as ...

  • Hu Xiaoyuan 胡晓媛

    Hu Xiaoyuan (born 1977) employs a variety of media within her works, including video, performance and installations. She uses mixed ...

  • Lin Jingjing 林菁菁

    Lin Jingjing (born 1970) employs varied media including video, photography and performance to explore notions of social and personal identity ...

  • Lin Tianmiao 林天苗

    In the early 1990s Lin Tianmiao (born 1961) returned to Beijing after several years in New York, and established herself ...

  • Tao Aimin 陶艾民

    Tao Aimin (born 1974) works across media often combining installation with oil painting and video. Tao has worked on several ...

  • Xiao Lu 肖鲁

    Xiao Lu (born 1962) works with performance, installation and video. She gained fame by shooting her own installation, Dialogue, at ...

  • Xing Danwen 邢丹文

    Xing Danwen (born 1967) is best known for her photographic work documenting the underground cultural and artistic activities in mid-to-late ...

  • Yin Xiuzhen 尹秀珍

    Yin Xiuzhen (born 1963) works primarily in installation, but also painting and other media. As one of the most established ...