Session
Press
セッション
プレス
New Love
ニューラブ
Ren Hang
任航

Credit

—Photography: Ren Hang
—Image Editing: Ren Hang & Huang Jiaqi
—Design: Studio Lin, NYC
—Printing: die Keure, Belgium


Specs

—8.27" x 11.7"
—Hard Cover
—56 pages
—Edition of 500
—2015


Reviews
—matchbaco gallerey
—dazed digital

Session Press is pleased to announce “New Love,” the first official US monograph by Ren Hang, one of China’s most distinguished emerging photographers. “New Love” presents Hang’s most recent photographs, taken in February of 2014, during his first visit to New York City. It is published on the occasion of Hang’s upcoming exhibition “New Love,” to be held June 19 through July 25 at matchbaco gallery in Tokyo, Japan.

Hang’s work in “New Love” includes casual snapshots taken of friends in parks, cafés, streets, and apartments in Brooklyn and Manhattan, smartly blended with the striking nude photos he is becoming increasingly renowned for. Hang is highly censored by the authorities in China, and the opportunity to work in New York City brought a more relaxed and playful energy to his photographs, and gave his abundant creativity new avenues of expression. As a result, both the diaristic pictures and the stylized nudes in “New Love” are imbued with an undeniable sense of discovery and joy, and thrillingly document one of contemporary photography’s most exciting young artists taking bold advantage of the new and unfamiliar.

Based in Beijing, China, Ren Hang is highly recognized for both his fine art and commercial photography. Exhibited around the world, his photographs are in numerous private and public collections, including those of the Kansas State University Art Museum in the United States and the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow, Russia, as well as the CAFA Art Museum and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, both in Beijing. “New Love” is Hang’s twelfth book of photographs and his own Poem Collection of Ren Hang.

日本語で読む

セッションプレス第6弾の写真集は、北京を拠点に活動するフォトグラファー、レン・ハンの写真集です。ニューヨークで撮影した友人とのスナップショットの写真集です。海外での友人との撮影のためか、ハンの初期の作品より、リラックした雰囲気があり、ビルの屋上や公園で、昼や夜や明け方に撮影された作品から、ハンの純粋で無垢なパーソナリティーが感じられる。東京のmatchbaco galleryで6月19日から7月25日まで開催された個展に合わせて制作されました。


Artist Statement

Ren Hang and Session Press would like to thank the following for their support on this publication:

David Strettell, Giles Cassels, Alex Lin, Kenichi Nakahashi, Huang Jiaqi, Bryce Zhao, Yao Yuan, Sui Jun, Tran Pham, Li Ke, Jingwen He, Miwa Susuda, Tingting Huang, Garho Kametani, Thomas Bossuyt and Geoff Han.

Ren Hang
任航

Ren Hang
(China, 1987)

Ren Hang was born in 1987 in a suburb of Changchun, Jilin province, in northeastern China. Han was a Chinese photographer and poet. During Ren's incipient career, he was known mostly for nude photographic portraits of his friends. His work is significant for its representation of Chinese sexuality within a heavily censored society. For these erotic undertones, he was arrested by PRC authorities several times. He received the backing of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who included Ren in his 2013 Netherlands show, Fuck Off 2 The Sequel, and curated the photographer's 2014 exhibition in Paris, France. Ren's erotic, playful and casual yet provocative expression gained him worldwide fame.

Ren has published many monographs including “Physical Borderline” (ThreeShadows +3 Gallery, China, 2014), “The Brightest Light Runs Too Fast” (Editions Bessard, 2013), “Son and Bitch” (Neurasthenia, 2013), “Republic” (Éditions du LIC, 2013), “My Depression” (Self-Published, 2013), “Nude” (Self-Published, 2012), “Room” (Self-Published, 2011) , “Ren Hang 2009-2011” (Self-Published, 2011) and “Poem Collection of Ren Hang” (Neurasthenia, 2013) so on

日本語で読む

任航
(1987年、中国・吉林省長春市生まれ)

任航は1987年中国・吉林省長春市生まれで北京を拠点に活動をした。「性」がタブーとされる中国で、警察当局から警告や逮捕を受ける中、Ai Weiweiよりサポートを受け、2013年にオランダで開催した展示会 (Fuck Off 2 The Sequel) また、Ai Weiweiがキューレーションを手がけた2014年のパリで開催された展示会で、ヌード作品を紹介された。任航は友人をモデルに起用し、彫刻のようにポーズをとるスタイルをとり、屋内と屋外で共に作品を撮影した。