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Ding Ren

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when a line becomes a mountain, 2012 Installation View, Solo Exhibition, Upominki, Rotterdam, NL © Ding Ren
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when a line becomes a mountain, 2012 Installation View, Solo Exhibition, Upominki, Rotterdam, NL © Ding Ren
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when a line becomes a mountain, 2012 Installation View, Solo Exhibition, Upominki, Rotterdam, NL © Ding Ren
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now here is a place where i can be alone, 2012 Site-specific Slide Project of a Single Mountain, 35mm Slide, Projector, Upominki, Rotterdam, NL Variable © Ding Ren
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now here is a place where i can be alone, 2012 Site-specific Slide Project of a Single Mountain, 35mm Slide, Projector, Upominki, Rotterdam, NL Variable, Detail View © Ding Ren
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i went to the beach and stared west, 2012 Installation View, Solo Exhibition, ACF, Amsterdam, NL Variable © Ding Ren
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i went to the beach and stared west, 2012 Installation View, Solo Exhibition, ACF, Amsterdam, NL Variable © Ding Ren
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i went to the beach and stared west, 2012 Installation View, Solo Exhibition, ACF, Amsterdam, NL Variable © Ding Ren
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now here is a place where i can be alone, 2012 Site-specific Slide Projection of Mountains, 35mm Slide, Projector, ACF, Amsterdam, NL Variable © Ding Ren
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now here is a place where i can be alone, 2012 Site-specific Slide Projection of Mountains, 35mm Slide, Projector, ACF, Amsterdam, NL Variable, Detail View © Ding Ren
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Topographic Mindset (Abergavenny, Wales), 2012 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Print 16 X 20 In. © Ding Ren
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Topographic Mindset (Cork, Ireland), 2012 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Print 16 X 20 In. © Ding Ren
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Topographic Mindset (Porto, Portugal), 2012 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Print 16 X 20 In. © Ding Ren
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Topographic Mindset (Barcelona, Spain), 2012 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Print 16 X 20 In. © Ding Ren
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Topographic Mindset (Cork, Ireland), 2012 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Print 16 X 20 In. © Ding Ren
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Topographic Mindset (Barcelona, Spain), 2012 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Print 16 X 20 In. © Ding Ren
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Topographic Mindset (Cork, Ireland), 2012 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Print 16 X 20 In. © Ding Ren
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Topographic Mindset (Cork, Ireland), 2012 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Print 16 X 20 In. © Ding Ren
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Topographic Mindset (Copenhagen, Denmark), 2012 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Print 16 X 20 In. © Ding Ren
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Topographic Mindset (Porto, Portugal), 2012 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Print 16 X 20 In. © Ding Ren
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Topographic Mindset (Barcelona, Spain), 2012 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Print 16 X 20 In. © Ding Ren
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Topographic Mindset (Barcelona, Spain), 2012 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Print 16 X 20 In. © Ding Ren
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Topographic Mindset (Paris, France), 2012 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Print 16 X 20 In. © Ding Ren
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studies on becoming a closet formalist, 2012 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Prints, Expired Kodak Ultra Endura Paper 8.5 X 11 In. © Ding Ren
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studies on becoming a closet formalist: water, 2012 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Prints, Expired Kodak Ultra Endura Paper 8.5 X 11 In. © Ding Ren
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studies on becoming a closet formalist: smoke, 2012 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Prints, Expired Kodak Ultra Endura Paper 8.5 X 11 In. © Ding Ren
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studies on becoming a closet formalist: sky, 2012 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Prints, Expired Kodak Ultra Endura Paper 8.5 X 11 In. © Ding Ren
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one to one , 2009/2013 Vintage Maps Deaccessioned From the National Geographic Map Library Variable, Site-specific Installation © Ding Ren and Künstlerhaus Dortmund
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one to one (Burndt Island), 2013 Vintage Maps Deaccessioned From the National Geographic Map Library Variable, Site-specific Installation © Ding Ren
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one to one (Tasmania), 2009/2013 Map Cut-out Variable, Site-specific Installation © Ding Ren
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one to one (Tasmania), 2009/2013 Vintage Maps Deaccessioned From the National Geographic Map Library Variable, Site-specific Installation © Ding Ren
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i went to the beach and stared west (38.8°N), 2011 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Print, Vintage Map 8.5 X 11 In. © Ding Ren
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i went to the beach and stared west (38.8°N), 2011 Hand-printed Analogue Chromographic Print, Vintage Map 8.5 X 11 In. Each © Ding Ren and Künstlerhaus Dortmund
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the waves would welcome it beneath the sea, 2014 Mixed Media Installation (c-prints, Rock Rubbings, Clothes Pins, String) Variable © Ding Ren
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the waves would welcome it beneath the sea, 2014 Mixed Media Installation (c-prints, Rock Rubbings, Clothes Pins, String, 35mm Slide Projections) Variable © Ding Ren
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the waves would welcome it beneath the sea (rock frottage studies)), 2014 C-prints, Unique, Crayon on Graph Paper Variable © Ding Ren
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the waves would welcome it beneath the sea (rock frottage studies)), 2014 C-prints, Unique, Crayon on Graph Paper Variable © Ding Ren
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the waves would welcome it beneath the sea (rock frottage studies), 2014 C-prints, Unique, Crayon on Graph Paper Variable © Ding Re
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Wuhan, China
Works in
Amsterdam
Tags
conceptual, landscape, photography
Bio

Ding Ren is an artist and writer, born in China, who is currently based between Washington, DC and Amsterdam, NL.  She received her MFA from George Washington University in 2009.  With a field-driven approach, her practice examines cross-cultural patterns at the junction between the foreign and the familiar.  Recent projects Topographic Mindset and the waves would welcome it beneath the sea use analogue photographic processes to address geography, borders, and place in a phenomenological manner.   Her work has been exhibited at Area 405 (Baltimore, MD), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Amsterdams Centrum voor Fotografie (Amsterdam, NL), CONNERSMITH (Washington, DC), Kulter Proeflokaal (Amsterdam, NL), Künstlerhaus Dortmund (DE), Yuchengco Museum (Manila, PH), Transformer (Washington, DC), Upominki (Rotterdam, NL) and the Smithsonian Archives of American Art (Washington, DC), amongst others.  Her written work has been published for Artslant Worldwide, Urbanite, and Radar Redux.  She participated in Maryland Art Place’s Critic’s Residency Program in 2006, mentored by Eleanor Heartney and Irving Sandler.  In 2012, she spoke 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.  In 2013 Ren was a Provisions Library Research Fellow (Washington, DC) and in 2014, completed a residency at The Guesthouse (Cork, IE) and was a shortllst finalist for the Sondheim Award (Baltimore, MD).