The VRC has just uploaded over 40 images to MDID from TASCHEN’s catalog Ren Hang, which covers the entire career of Chinese photographer Ren Hang and includes many never-before-seen photos by the artist, who sadly took his life in February of this year at the young age of 29.

While Hang was controversial in his homeland, much like the artist activist Ai Weiwei, he quickly achieved international success with his stark, vivid photographs and highly explicit compositions, depicting his friends [and later on fans] nude, in artfully-constructed, provocative yet surrealistic, scenes.

As TASCHEN writes: "Despite censorship in his homeland, Ren maintained that his work was not political, saying in 2013: 'I don’t really view my work as taboo, because I don’t think so much in cultural context, or political context. I don’t intentionally push boundaries, I just do what I do.'" Read more here.

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A chromogenic color print by the late Chinese photographer Ren Hang, depicting a woman from the chest up at night looking at the camera with a snake on her bare shoulders.   Cover of the catalogue entitled "Ren Hang," by Dian Hanson. The cover is red with a large star cut out, and underneath the star is a self-portrait by the artist licking his armpit.
IMAGES (L to R): Ren Hang, Untitled, ca. 2015. C-print on rag paper, 39.5 x 26.5 inches. Private Collection; Cover of Ren Hang, by Dian Hanson. Taschen America: Mul edition (January 20, 2017). Hardcover, 8.9 x 11.8 in., 312 pages.