Cao FeiFollow This Artist
Hometown: Guangzhou, China
Lives and Works: Beijing, China
The Affiliated Middle School of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, 1997
BFA, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, 2001
Cao Fei Bio
About The Artist
The Chinese new-media artist Cao Fei examines the realities and potential implications of a contemporary culture that has embraced the Internet, virtual reality, and globalization. Through forays in filmmaking, photography, animation, and design, Cao reconstructs cross-sections of a society in a push-and-pull of fantasy versus reality, creating scenarios that are inspired as much by actual interactions as they are by role-playing games. Having come of age during the early stages of China's economic boom, Cao is also deeply informed as an artist by the effects growth has had on her country's cultural identity.
For one of her most ambitious projects, RMB City (2009), Cao created a virtual world within the Second Life platform—where users can create avatars and live out virtual lives—consisting of various Chinese cities superimposed on top of one another to function as a hyperreal microcosm of Chinese society at large. As Cao's avatar, China Tracy, navigates the city, the desires and motivations in real life quickly surface in the online world, suggesting that the dilemmas intrinsic to the human condition persist in both real and virtual reality.
Cao has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including showings at the Guggenheim Museum (2009), the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark (2009), and the 2007 Istanbul Biennial. She was also included in The Generational: Younger Than Jesus at the New Museum (2009).
Cao Fei Gallery Art
Lombard Freid, New York, NY
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Cao Fei Permanent Collections
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The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Tate Modern, London, England
The Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Burger Collection, Hong Kong
Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany
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