Xiang Jing (b. 1968, Beijing) graduated from the sculpture department of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1995. She lives and works in Beijing.
Xiang’s artwork grapples with the struggles of human existence under the malaise of modern society. She strives to find truth through her continued investigation of individual “interiority.” Major series include: “Mirror Image” (1999-2002), “Keep in Silence” (2003-2005), “Naked Beyond Skin” (2005-2007), “Will Things Ever Get Better?” (2009-2011), and “S” (2012-2016). In December 2017, her solo exhibition Through No One’s Eyes But My Own (Works 1995-2016) premiered at the Long Museum in Shanghai.
Jonathan Fineberg is University Professor and Director of the Ph.D. program at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He earned his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, and has curated more than a dozen museum exhibitions, previously teaching at Yale and at the University of Illinois. His books include: Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being (Pearson, forthcoming from Hunan Fine Arts Press); Christo and Jeanne-Claude: On the Way to the Gates (Yale & Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY); Zhang Xiaogang: Disquieting Memories (Phaidon), etc. He is currently working on a three-volume survey on art in the twentieth century.
Zhang Xiaogang (b. 1958, Yunnan province) graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 1982 and lives and works in Beijing. In 2007, he was appointed university professor at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. In the beginning of the nineties, Zhang painted the Bloodline ‑ Big Family series of works, exploring the theme of “family”—immediate, extended and societal, followed by his “Amnesia and Memory” and “In-Out” series. Zhang’s tireless artistic explorations have prompted critics to dub him “a Chinese artist who actually works in his studio.”