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RongRong & inri

 
RongRong (China) and inri (Japan) have been working together since 2000. Their works reflect the intimate world that they have created together and push the boundaries of traditional black-and-white darkroom tech- niques. Their critically acclaimed series of works, such as Mt. Fuji (2001), Liulitun (1996-2003), and Tsumari Story (2012-2014), reflect their shared life and surroundings, delving into the rapidly changing world around them. 
 In 2007, RongRong & inri established the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in the Beijing arts district Caochangdi. In 2008, they launched the annual Three Shadows Photography Award, a prize aimed at discovering and encouraging China's most promising young photographers. In 2010, they started a collaboration with the Arles International Photography Festival and co-produced the Caochangdi Photo Spring Festival in Beijing for three years – from 2010 to 2012. They have continued this collaboration at Three Shadows' Xiamen loca- tion, where since 2015 they have co-hosted the Arles x Jimei Festival . 
RongRong&inri received the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize at the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, recognized for both their careers as artists and their significant impact on Asian photography. 

RongRong

 
1968 Born in Zhangzhou city, Fujian Province, China
1992 Entered the photography department of the Central Industrial Art Institute, Beijing
1993 Moved into Beijing’s East Village, and began a long-term photographic study on the lives of the young avant-garde artists who were living there
1996 Established NEWPHOTO magazine
2000 Started to make collaborative works with inri 
2001 Took part in the KUNST Artist in Residence program, Vienna, Austria
2007 Established Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
2015 Established Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre, Fujian, China

inri

 
1973 Born in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan
1994 Graduated from the Nippon Photography Institute, Tokyo
1994-97 Worked as a photographer for the Asahi Shinbun
1997 Became a freelance photographer and started individual creative work
2000 Started to make collaborative works with RongRong
2001 Took part in the KUNST Artist in Residence program, Vienna, Austria
2007 Established Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
2015 Established Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre, Fujian, China

RongRong & inri / Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

2016
Memories through Cycle: Images by RongRong & inri and Yuan Goang-ming, Art Tower Mito Contemoirary Art Center, Ibaraki, Japan
Tsumari Story, Chambers Fine Art New York, NY, USA
RongRong&inri: Tsumari Story, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2015
Geography: Documents and Works by RongRong&inri, Three Shadows +3 Gallery, Beijing, China
Tsumari Story, Kyoto Graphie international photography festival, Kyoto, Japan
Focus: RongRong&inri, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, USA
2014
Tsumari Story, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, China
Tsumari Story, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2012
Rebirth from Ruins: RongRong&inri Photography 2002-2009. Kuhlhause Berlin, Germany
2011
Three Begets Ten Thousands Things, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong, China
Three Begets Ten Thousands Things, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Ruins Series: 1996-1998, Chambers Fine Art, Beijing, China
RongRong&inri, Michael Ku Gallery, Taibei
2010   
RongRong&inri: Selections from the Three Shadows Collection, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
RongRong&inri, MEM Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Compound Eye, HeXiangNing Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
2008 
From Six Mile Village to Three Shadows New Works by RongRong&inri, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
Ruins to Renewal: Works by RongRong & inri, SF Cameraworks, San Francisco, USA
RongRong & inri: The Power of Ruins. Between Destruction and Construction, Casa Asia, Madrid and Barcelona, Spain
2007
RongRong & inri, Rencontres d' Arles, France
2006   
The Third Space, Alexander Ochs Gallerie, Berlin, Germany
Liulitun, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA
2005
Beyond, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA
2003   
Tui-Transfiguration: The Image World of RongRong&inri, Dashanzi Art district, Beijing, China 

RongRong & inri / Selected Group Exhibitions

 
2018
Practice and Exchange: An Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, UCCA, Beijing.
2016
4th Annual Collectors’ Contemporary Collaboration, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, China
Why are we doing what we are doing?, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, Somerset House, London
An Art Exhibition to celebrate the Anniversary of the Tasmania-Fujian Sister State Relationship, Fujian Museum, Fuzhou, China
2015
Designing view beyond the earth: The first Xi'an contemporary art document exhibition, Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an, China
We may have met before—Chinese Contemporary Photography, Foam Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherland
Chinese Photography: Twentieth Century and Beyond, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
The Second Beijing Photo Biennial, Beijing, China
The photography: What You See & What You Don’t, Tokyo, Japan
2014
HongKong International Photography Festival, HK, China
China Photography 1911-2014, Stavanger Art Muesum, Norway 
The Symposium of Challenge the Tradition-20th Century Western Classical and Chinese Contemporary Photography, Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China
China ARTE Brasil Exhibition, São Paulo, Brazil
Hanart 100: Idiosyncrasies, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2013
Portrait of the Times—30 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
How Far—Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Photography, Songzhuang Art Center, Beijing, China
New Framework: Chinese Avant-garde Photography 1980s-90s, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong, China
Collection Exhibition 2013: The Aesthetics of Photography, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
All you need is Love: 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2012
Transformation: A View on Chinese Contemporary Art, Istanbul Modern, Turkey
Passing Through Memory, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum Opening Exhibition, Suzhou Jinji Lake Museum, Suzhou, China
To Walk Alone: Contemporary Chinese Photography, Toyko Photo, Tokyo, Japan
WORLD BOUNDARY: Three Realms & Ten Directions Exhibition, Echigo-Tsumari, Japan
2011
Staging Action: Performance in Photography since 1960, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
New Photography from China, Getty Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Interconnected: Selections from the Three Shadows Collection, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
2009
Europalia—International Art Festival, Brussels Art Museum, Brussels,Belgium
Third Guangdong International Biennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2008
DIOR & CHINESE ARTISTS, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
LASST HUNDERT BLUMEN BLÜHEN Der Dresdner Kunstverein
2008 Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, Korea
Right Hand, Left Hand—Couples in Contemporary Art, MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China
2007
Net: Reimiganing Space, Time and Culture, Chambers Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing, China
Convection, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
2006
Another world - photography from China, Lukas Feichtner Gallery, Vienna, Austria
Intimate Beijing–Photography exhibition (China–Japan–Netherlands), 706 Factory, Beijing, China
Inner Scopes, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
2005
About Beauty, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany
2004
5th Shanghai Biennale-Techniques of the Visible, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
All Under Heaven, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen, Belgium 
Le moine et le demon: Art Contemporain Chinois, Musée Art Contemporain Lyon, Rhône, France
2003   
Chinart, Museum Kuppersmuhle Sammlung Grothe, Duisburg, Germany; Museo Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Italy; Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary
A Strange Heaven, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech
2002  
Beijing Afloat, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing, China
Dream 02, Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK
2001 
Chinese Contemporary Photography, Galerie Steinek-Halle, Vienna, Austria
Cross Pressures, Oulu City Art Museum, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland

Public Collections

 
Smart Gallery of University of Chicago, USA
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
ESSL MUSEUM, Vienna
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Ivory Press, Spain
Myriam Guy Ullens foundation, Switzerland
LVMH Foundation, France
The Red Mansion Foundatio, UK 
The Estella Collection, Denmark
Sigg Collection, Swizerland 
Tempere Art Museum, Finland
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
Shiseido, Japan
He Xiangning Art Museum, China
Three Shadows Photography Art Center, China
AW Asia, USA
Getty Museum, USA
DSL Collection, France
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA
Shanghai Art Museum, China 
Mori Art Museum, Japan