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Born in 1967, in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China.
Lives and works in France and China.
In 1992, Wang Bing graduated in photography from the Luxum Arts University in Shenyang. For his photography work, he watched at length workers of the Tie Xi facility. In 1995, he studied at the Beijing Film Academy, then worked for some time on television before starting a career as an independent film director in 1998. West of the Tracks is Wang Bing's first documentary, filmed in 2002, for which he received numerous awards and grants.
Dans ses films, Wang Bing dépeint, avec une rare beauté et une gravité sans compromis, des personnes souvent exclues de la récente transformation économique en Chine.
Wang Bing donne à ses films une intensité cinématographique à la fois belle et tragique dans laquelle il cherche à transformer la temporalité de la vie de ses personnages en allégorie. Il met en avant une réflexion approfondie sur l'histoire, les paradoxes et les souffrances causés par l'inexorable progrès de la Chine moderne, poussant à l'extrême un cinéma d'observation et de réalité.
In 2009, Galerie Chantal Crousel presented his first solo exhibition in Paris, with the projection of the two documentary films: Fengming and Man with No Name. Since then, Wang Bing has produced many documentaries such as Three Sisters (2012), TA'ANG (2016), Coal Money (2016), as well as Mrs Fang (2017), 15 Hours (2017), both exhibited during Documenta14 in Athens and Kassel in 2017 and Beauty lives in Freedom (2018).
Wang Bing was a visiting artist-professor at Fresnoy — contemporary arts national studio (France), between 2018 and 2019.
In 2017, he was awarded the Golden Leopard, highest award of the Concorso Internazionale of the Locarno Festival for the film Mrs Fang. That same year, he was also the recipient of the EYE Art & Film Prize in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), honouring his entire filmography.
Wang Bing notable solo exhibitions include LE BAL, Paris (2021); Kunsthalle Zürich (2018-2019); CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco (2016); Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2014). In 2018, the Museo Reina Sofía and Filmoteca Española, Madrid have shown his work for a major survey exhibition.
Group exhibitions include the Marta Herford gGmbH (2021); Textile Museum, Washington D.C. (2020); Bowdoin College Museum of Art (2019); Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Shenzhen (2017); Brunswick Centre Culturel de Strombeek, Brussels (2017); Jeonju International Film Festival (2015); Shanghai Biennale (2014); Milano Filmmaker Film Festival (2010).
His works have joined the collections of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; M+, Hong Kong; Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; EMST — National of Contemporary Art, Athens; CNAP, Paris.