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    Wang’s staged photographs provide surreal glimpses of the intersection between his imperfect recall of the past, his dreams and imaginings, and what we think of as ‘reality’. Like a cinema director, he uses ‘actors’, sets and lighting to construct melancholy family scenarios. His models are generally instructed to keep their eyes closed, adding a further layer of mystery. Wang Ningde’s ambiguous photographic narratives blur past and present; The central figure in many of these photographs, a man in a shabby Mao suit, is an unreliable narrator, not entirely to be trusted.

    Wang Ningde was born in the Liaoning Province (China) in 1972. He graduated from the photography department of the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in 1995. He currently lives and works in Beijing.

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      Born in Liao Ning province in 1972.
      Graduated from Photography Department, Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in 1995.
      Currently lives and works in Beijing.


      Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles
      White Rabbit Collection, Sydney
      Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing
      Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan
      CAFA Art Museum, Beijing
      Lishui Photography Museum, Lishui
      The Red Mansion Foundation, London
      Franks-Suss Collection, London
      Dr. Uli Sigg Collection, Switzerland
      Burger Collection, Hong Kong


      Form of Light, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, USA

      No Name, PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco, Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco, USA

      No Name, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China

      Form of Light, Paramount Pictures Studios, Los Angeles, USA

      Form of Light 1, M97 Gallery, Shanghai, China
      Form of Light 2, M97 Project Space, Shanghai, China

      Some Days (1999-2009), M97 Gallery, Shanghai, China

      Some Days, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France
      The Photographs of Wang Ningde, Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
      Let There Be Light, Xindong Cheng Space For Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

      Photographs of Wang Ningde, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, USA, Sponsored by Andy Warhol Foundation

      The Photographs of Wang Ningde, The Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK
      Some Days, Goedhuis Contemporary, New York, USA
      Beyond the Realm of the Soul, Dimensions Art Center, Beijing, China

      Between the History and Fantasy, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China

      Walking Towards an Even Darker Place, Libreria Borges, Guangzhou, China


      A Fairy Tale in Red Times: Works from the White Rabbit Collection, The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

      Beyond the Sphere of Reproduction: Contemporary Photography from China and Germany, Whitebox Art Center, Beijing, China
      Beyond the Sphere of Reproduction: Contemporary Photography from China and Germany, Städtische Galerie, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany
      Fourth Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts: Stress Field, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China
      Working on History: Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Cultural Revolution, Museum für Fotografie, Berlin, Germany
      Light Color Boundaries, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China

      Flux realities : a showcase of chinese contemporary photography, 4th Singapore International photography festival, Singapore

      A History of Chinese Contemporary Photography, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Brussels, Belgium

      Beijing – Havana, New Contemporary Chinese art Revolution, Cuba Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba

      Exquisite Corpse: China Surreal, m97 Gallery, Shanghai, China
      Retrospection LianZhou 2005-2007: Retrospective Exhibition, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Tomo Art Centre, Beijing, China
      Beijing-Athens Contemporary Art from China, Technopolis of the City of Athens, Greece
      China Avant-Garde, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA
      Out of Place, Robischon Gallery, Denver, USA
      Homesickness-Memory and Virtual Reality, T. Space, Beijing, China

      Aqua Art Miami, Limn gallery, Miami, FL, USA
      Biennale Photoquai, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France
      City_Net Asia 2007, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
      Distance Estimated by Eyes, Photography of Eight Chinese”, Guanshanyue Gallery, Shenzhen, China
      The New Wind from China, Gwangju, South Korea
      Labyrinth Art and Knowledge Space, Beijing, China
      Toshihiro Yashiro & Wang Ningde, Keumsan Gallery, Beijing, China
      Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Guangdong, China
      Contemporary Chinese Photography, China square, New York, USA
      Unexpected Out of Control, KU Art Center Inaugural Exhibition, Beijing, China

      Inner Scopes Contemporary Chinese Photography as Conscious Practices, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
      Coloring, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore

      Reviewing the City, Guangzhou Photo Biennial Reviewing, Guangzhou, China
      Roma Photo Festival, Roma, Italy
      Making A New Relationship, Dimensions Art Center, Beijing, China
      Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Guangdong, China

      Illusion, Aura Gallery, Shanghai, China
      Stance of Open, Art Museum of Guangdong, China
      Other where 2004, National Photography Exposition of San Francisco, USA
      All under Heaven, Antwerp, Belgium
      Between Reality & Memory, New School University, New York, USA
      Banality People, the Centre Library of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
      Techniques of the Visible, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
      Elsewhere, Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing, China
      Where are you heading? Mother China, Tokyo Ginza Guardian Garden Salon, Tokyo, Japan

      An Interesting and Singular Wal, French Center of Photograph, Paris, France
      A Strange Heaven, the Prague Czech Republic Galerie, Rdolfinum
      From China, ARHUS Artist Mansion, Denmark

      Pingyao International Photo Festival, Pingyao, China
      The City that Can Not Be Seen, Xing Guang Photo Gallery, Shanghai, China
      No Problem, Aura Gallery, Shanghai, China

      The Younger Generation and the New World, Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

      Walking Towards a Darker Plac”, Yuedong Gallery, Guangdong Province, China