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 ...