Hong Hao, ‘Selected Scriptures (New Political World, 1995; World Defense Layout Map, 1995; Latest Practical World Map, 1995; New World Survey Map, 1995; New World Geomorphic Map, 1996; Physical World, 1999) 藏经 (世界行政新图,世界防御设置要图,最新实用世界地图,世界测绘新图,世界地域新览,世界地形图)’, 1992-2000, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hong Hao, ‘Selected Scriptures (New Political World, 1995; World Defense Layout Map, 1995; Latest Practical World Map, 1995; New World Survey Map, 1995; New World Geomorphic Map, 1996; Physical World, 1999) 藏经 (世界行政新图,世界防御设置要图,最新实用世界地图,世界测绘新图,世界地域新览,世界地形图)’, 1992-2000, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

洪浩 藏经 (世界行政新图,世界防御设置要图,最新实用世界地图,世界测绘新图,世界地域新览,世界地形图)

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013-14

Lent by a private collection, New York

About Hong Hao

Since the early 1990s, Hong Hao has been manipulating images—of world maps, Chinese scroll paintings, commercial advertisements, and his own possessions—to satirize contemporary China and its post-Mao ascendancy to global political and economic power. Working in series, and primarily using photography, Hong disrupts the historical, commercial, and authoritarian narratives that shape perceptions of Chinese society and culture. Among his earliest works is Selected Scriptures (1992-2012), a pseudo world atlas filled with maps visibly altered by such dominant forces as multinational corporations and military might. He is best known for “My Things” (begun 2001), a series of photographic prints of his seemingly unquantifiable possessions. Collaged into mesmerizingly detailed, formally and chromatically sophisticated compositions, these images of Hong’s “things” are portraits of the artist himself and of the communist-capitalist society he so effectively critiques in all of his work.

Chinese, b. 1965, Beijing, China, based in Beijing, China