Request more info about the artwork

    This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


    Born in 1967 in Xi’an, a town of the Shaanxi province in China, Wang Bing first studied photography in Shenyang, at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, before taking cinema classes in Beijing, at the Cinema Institute (1995). Besides feature documentary as Three Sisters and Madness, he is also active in video installation as Crude Oil, a 14 hours film. He also started a noteworthy work in photography.

    His work has been selected for presentation and competition in many film festivals where he won a great number of awards. Acclaimed by critics and recognized as one of the most important Chinese artists, documentary makers and film directors of his time, he has been honored by retrospectives of his entire work in major museum, as Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique.

    In 2023, Wang Bing directed Youth (Spring), a documentary that follows the daily lives of young people living in a town in Yunnan Province, in southwest China. In this film, he uses archival footage and real-life scenes to explore themes of youth, identity, coming-of-age, love and life in a changing Chinese society. The film had its world premiere at the 2022 Venice International Film Festival, where it won the FIPRESCI Award for Best Film in the Orizzonti section. Critics praise Youth (Spring) for its authentic and poignant vision of Chinese youth, as well as for its direction.

    Born in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China, 1989
    1995 Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Photography Department, Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China
    1996 Film Academy, Photography Department, Beijing, China


    The Walking Eye, Photographic Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Wang Bing à la trace, curator: Antony Fiant, Galerie Art et Essai Université Rennes 2, Rennes, France

    The Walking Eye, LE BAL, Paris, France

    Wang Bing à la trace, Galerie Art et Essai, Université Rennes 2, Rennes, France

    Wang Bing, Take Ninagawa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    Rassenge Immagini segrete dalla Cina. Omaggio a Wang Bing, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Turin, Italy

    Wang Bing, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Germany
    Wang Bing, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France
    Dispossessed Lives. Resilient Lives. – Wang Bing’s complete film restrospective, co-organized by Museo Reina Sofía and Filmoteca, Madrid, Spain
    Traces, Tate Modern Weekend Film Series, Tate Modern, London, UK
    Solo Exhibition of Video works, Eye Museum, Amsterdam

    Experience and Poverty, Magician Space, Beijing, China

    Wang Bing: Three Portraits, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, USA
    Special Focus at Kerala Film Festival, India
    Special focus at Hambourg Filmwoche, Germany

    Film Retrospective at Geneva Black Movies Film Festival, Switzerland

    Fathers and Sons, Galerie PARIS-B, Paris, France
    Fathers and Sons, Galerie PARIS-B, Brussels, Belgium
    Wang Bing Retrospective, Royal Belgian Film Archive, Brussels, Belgium
    Wang Bing/Jaime Rosales, Cinéastes en correspondance, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
    Film Retrospective at Pacific Meridian Film Festival, Russia
    Special Focus at AV Film Festival, UK

    Wang Bing, Institut de l’Image, Aix-en-Provence, France

    Special Focus at Cinema South Festival, Israel

    Film Retrospective at Milano Filmmaker Film Festival, Italy

    Solo Exhibition, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France


    Photography exhibition at Shanghai Photofairs

    China – Africa : Crossing the world color line, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

    Circular Flow, Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart, Basel, Germany
    Fast Fashion/Slow Art, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick; George Washington
    University Museum and Textile Museum, Washington, D.C., USA

    Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India
    Hito Steyerl, Ben Rivers, Wang Bing, EYE Art & Film Prize, EYE Filmmusuem, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Learning from documenta, Centre Culturel de Strombeek, Brussels, Belgium
    Documenta 14, Kassel: Retrospective, Gloria Kino, Kassel, Germany
    Documenta 14, Athens, EMST – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

    Chinese Video Art since the 1980s, Time Test: International Video Art Research Exhibition, Beijing CAFA Museum, Beijing, China

    Video Retrospective and Photography Exhibition, Jeonju International Film Festival, Jeonju, Korea

    Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China


    Dead Souls (Si Linghun), documentary, 496 minutes
    Cannes Film Festival Official Selection, Special Screening

    Mrs. Fang (Fang Xiuying), documentary, 86 minutes
    Premiered at Locarno Film Festival, International Competition – Golden Leopard

    Bitter Money (Ku Qian), documentary, 152 minutes
    Premiered at Venice Film Festival, Orizzonti Competition – Best Screenplay Prize, Human Rights Special Award
    TA’ANG: documentary, 147 minutes
    Premiered at Berlin Film Festival, Forum, Nuremberg Human Rights Festival 2017 – Human Rights Award

    ‘Til Madness Do Us Part (FENG AI), documentary. 227 minutes
    Nantes Three Continents Film Festival – Montgolfière d’Argent prize
    Venice 70: Future Reloaded, short film
    Curated and premiered at Venice Film Festival

    Alone, documentary, 89 minutes.
    Geneva Black Film Festival – Jury Prize
    Three Sisters (SAN ZIMEI): documentary, 153 minutes.
    Venice Film Festival, Premiere – Best Film in “Orizzonti”
    Fribourg International Film Festival – Best Film (Grand Prize), Ecumenical Jury Award
    Young Critics Award, Audience Award,
    Nantes Three Continents Film Festival – Best Film (Grand Prize), Audience Award
    Dubai International Film Festival – Best Director prize

    THE DITCH (JIA BIAN GOU): fiction, 119 minutes.
    Venice Film Festival – International Competition, Premiere
    ANDREI TARKOVSKY International Film Festival “ZERKALO” (THE MIRROR),
    Jury Prize, Prize of Spirit of the Mirror.
    Top 10 Foreign Movies, Kinema Junpo 2011, Japan – best foreign film director

    Happy Valley (XI YANG TANG), documentary short film, 19 minutes
    A project of “The Complete Letters, Filmed Correspondence”, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)
    Coal Money (TONG DAO): documentary, 52 minutes.
    Cinema Du Réel, International Competition
    Documenta Madrid – 2nd Jury Prize.

    Fengming, A Chinese Memoir (HE FENGMING), documentary, 186 minutes
    Cannes Film Festival Official Selection, Premiere
    Yamagata Documentary Film Festival – Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
    Marseille International Documentary Film Festival – Georges de Beauregard Prize
    Cinema Digital Seoul – Young Critics Award
    Lisbon International Documentary Festival – IPJ University Prize
    Fribourg International Film Festival – Ecumenical Jury Award
    Brutality Factory (BAOLI GONGCHANG): short film, fiction, 15 minutes.
    Cannes Film Festival, Director’s Fortnight, Premiere

    West of the Tracks (TIE XI QU), documentary, final cut, 554 minutes
    Rotterdam Film Festival, Premiere
    Marseille International Documentary Film Festival — Grand Prize
    Yamagata Documentary Film Festival — Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
    Nantes 3 Continents Film Festival (Documentary Section) — Golden Montgolfier (Grand Prize)
    Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival, Best Documentary Prize
    Festival du film de Montréal, Best Documentary Prize

    West of the Tracks (TIE XI QU), documentary (5 hours cut)
    Berlin International Film Festival, Premiere
    Lisbon International Documentary Festival — Grand Prize
    All the films have also been shown at other film festivals, including:
    Toronto International Film Festival, Pusan International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Documentary
    Fortnight at the New York Museum of Modern Art, Jeonju International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Jihlava
    International Documentary Film Festival, Taipei International Film Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, TOKYO FILMeX
    International Film Festival, INDIE Festival, Sao Paulo, Hongkong Film Festival, Digital Cinema Seoul, Los Angeles Film Festival etc.


    Scenes (Chang Jing), Video Art, 54 min
    Premiered at the group exhibition Chine Afrique in Centre Pompidou.

    Beauty Lives in Freedom-Gao Ertai (Mei Zai Zi You-Gao Ertai) Video Art, 295 min
    Premiered at Museo Reina Sofía and Filmoteca Española

    “15 Hours” (SHIWU XIAOSHI), video installation, 15h50min,
    Documenta 14, Athens, National Museum of Contempory Art and
    Kino Gloria, Kassel, collection of CNAP, France

    Man with No Name (WUMINGZHE), Father and Sons (FU YU ZI)
    Trace (YI ZHI) Photography
    Trace (YI ZHI): Video Art, shot in 35mm, 29 minutes
    Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival, Collection of M+ Museum Hong Kong
    Father and Sons (FU YU ZI): Video Art, 87 minutes
    Lisbon International Documentary Festival – Best Film (Grand Prize)

    Father and Sons (FU YU ZI): Video Art, 87 minutes
    Lisbon International Documentary Festival – Best Film (Grand Prize)
    Crude Oil” (YUAN YOU): Video Installation, 14 hours
    Premiered at Rotterdam Film Festival 2008 – Special Mention Prize
    Man with No Name (WUMINGZHE): Video Art, 96 minutes
    Fengming, A Chinese Memoir (HE FENGMING): Video Art, 226 minutes


    Winner of Chanel Next Prize

    Masterclass at School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences(EHESS), Paris
    Guest professor at Le Fresnoy-Studio National des Arts Contemporains

    Winner of Eye Art & Film Prize, Netherland

    Jury member at International Competition of Locarno International Film Festival
    Invited to join the Oscar Masterclass

    Jury member at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival

    President of Jury at Marseille International Film Festival, France

    Jury member at Digital Seoul Film Festival
    Honorary doctorate degrees from University of Paris 8, France

    Jury member at Doc Madrid

    Jury member at Hong Kong Film Festival

    Awarded the French National Order of Merit (Légion d’honneur)

    Residency at Ciné-fondation of Cannes Film Festival


    West of the Tracks rated one of the 10 best films of 2004 by Cahiers du Cinéma

    West of the Tracks rated one of the 10 best films made between 2001 and 2010, by Cahiers du Cinéma

    West of the Tracks rated as one of the Top 250 greatest films of all time by Sight and Sound Magazine

    West of the Tracks rated as one of the Top 50 greatest documentary films of all time by Sight and Sound Magazine,
    the only Chinese film in the Top 50

    Three Sisters selected as one of Top 10 Foreign Movies by Kinema Junpo 2013, Japan


    “Wang Bing’s Filmmaking of the China Dream“ by Elena Pollachi, Published by Amsterdam University Press.
    “Wang Bing – L’oeil qui marche“, Published by Le Bal and Delpire & Co
    “The Walking Eye“, Published by Le BAL and Roma (English version)

    “Wang Bing – un geste documentaire de notre temps“ by Antony Fiant, Published by WARM Publications

    “Wang Bing A Filmmaker in China Today“, Monograph, Published by Publications de l’Université de Provence, France
    (English version)

    “Wang Bing : Un cinéaste en Chine aujourd’hui“, Monograph, Published by Publications de l’Université de Provence,
    France (French version)
    “Alors, la Chine” (Interviews with Wang Bing), Published by Les Prairies Ordinaires, France (in French)

    “Epilogue de l’homme sans nom” : article by Georges Didi-Huberman, in « Peuples exposés, peuples figurants », published
    by Les Éditions de Minuit, France (in French)

    “Wang Bing”, publication (in Italian) by Milano Film Makers Film Festival