Ren Hang: WILD 野生 LAST COPY
野生 is a large format collection of unbound posters (book size: 28 x 40 cm, open size 56 x 40 cm) printed on strong paper, held together by a banderole. The double pages confront vertical formats with half of horizontal formats, vertical confront vertical, or half of horizontal confront another half or horizontal formats, recontextualizing Ren Hang’s work.It is Ren Hang’s biggest and heaviest book up to now.
Ren Hang’s analogue photographs are about human emotions, relationships and friendships, and also fear and loneliness. Young women and men – mostly friends of the artist – pose naked in vulnerable, occasionally explicit poses. With their gaze often directed straight at the camera, the models always assume an active role. In the portraits, taken in front of monochromatic backdrops, on the roof of high-rise buildings or in natural landscapes, animals such as snakes, birds or cats and flowers appear as props. In twisted poses and unusual arrangements, bodies are an abstract element to Ren Hang. The naked human body becomes a malleable sculpture and is thus desexualised. Still, the artist’s photographs are always suffused with a subtle humour.