Ding Ren is an artist and writer, born in China, who is based between Washington, DC and Amsterdam, NL. Her current research, as a Provisions Library Fellow, is based in Washington, DC and investigates cross-cultural patterns and phenomena in relation to home and migration. Her recent project, Topographic Mindset, has been exhibited at the Amsterdams Centrum voor Fotografie (Amsterdam, NL) and Upominki (Rotterdam, NL). Other work has been presented at Area 405 (Baltimore, MD, US), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA, US), CONNERSMITH (Washington, DC, US), Künstlerhaus Dortmund (Dortmund, DE), Maryland Art Place (Baltimore, MD, US), Yuchengco Museum (Manila, PH), Transformer (Washington, DC, US) and the Smithsonian Archives of American Art (Washington, DC, US), amongst others. In 2012, she participated in the Facing Forward lecture series organized by the Stedelijk Museum, University of Amsterdam, de Appel, SMBA, W139, and Metropolis M and was a short-list finalist for the Frieze Foundation’s Emdash Award. Ren received her Master of Fine Arts from George Washington University in 2009 and participated in Maryland Art Place’s, Critic’s Residency Program in 2006, mentored by Eleanor Heartney and Irving Sandler. She is currently a contributing writer for ArtSlant Worldwide and in Winter 2013 will be a resident at The Guesthouse (Cork, IE).