Lin Zhipeng

Lin Zhipeng was born in 1979 in Guangdong, China. He received a Bachelor in Financial English at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in 2000.

Lin Zhipeng is one of the most important members of the new generation of photographers who rose to prominence from social media. Though very intimate, 223’s photographs act as a collective not-so-private diary of a young generation that wants to escape the pressures from the society and play with its limits. Lin Zhipeng’s pictures are never dramatic nor glaucous, sometimes punk and trash, sometimes very poetic. They carry a soft carelessness, a playful innocence, and a certain optimism in an hedonist life going against the expected pleasures of the middle class dream.

Patterns superimposed over the blandness of skin, cinematic and poetic atmospheres where lovers stop time, unexpected fruits and wild urban animals. Lin Zhipeng’s vocabulary while in the vein of Tillmans, Clark, and McGinley remains a unique voice only to himself. Growing up in China and experiencing first hand the switch in self-identification within his generation. Witnessing that the youth of the east has caught up to that of the west marking a definitive moment bridging the two cultures.

Lin previously had solo exhibitions at No. 223: 223, Stieglitz19 Gallery, Anterwerp, Belgium (2018); No. 223: Lin Zhipeng, de Sarthe Gallery, Beijing, China (2016); Hidden Track, Stieglitz19 Gallery, Anterwerp, Belgium (2016); 223, Loppis Galleria, Parma, Italy (2014); Velvet Pogo, KuiYuan Gallery, Guangzhou, China (2014); Peaches, ATTIC, Taipei, Taiwan (2013); Composition In Time, GZOP Lab, Guangzhou, China (2008); and Me Party, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China (2008). His prominent worldwide group exhibitions are: Unseen Photo Fair 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2018); A nous la mode!,Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre, Xiamen, China (2018); Poem, Zhong Gallery, Beijing, China (2017); Teetering at the Edge of the World Reading the Chinese Contemporary, Espacio de Arte Contemporeáno (EAC), Montevideo, Uruguay (2015); This is Not China Anymore, GuatePhoto International Photography Festival, Antigua, Guatemala (2015); Coming Image curated by LEAP, PhotoShanghai, Shanghai, China (2015); Changjiang International Image Biennale, Chongqing, China (2015); Collab#1 curated by Now&Them, The Gallery, Shanghai, China (2014); No.223, Tenth Lianzhou International Photography Festival, Guangdong, China (2014); XXX, Bank Gallery, Shanghai, China (2014); Chinese Spring#2, Stieglitz19 Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (2014); Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2013); FUCK OFF 2, Groningen Museum, Netherlands (2013); Exposure: Contemporary Media Art From Hong Kong,Taiwan and Mainland China, London Gallery West, London, United Kingdom (2013); Equal Relationships, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong (2013); I Have Also Other Favorites, Stacion Gallery, Prishtina, Kosovo (2012); Across the Great Divide, White Gloss Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2012); Unspecified Urban Site, RH Gallery, New York, USA (2012); Everyday, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China (2012); Secret Love, Ostasiatiska Museet, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden (2012); dAfT, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China (2011); Chinese Spring #1, Stieglitz19 Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (2011); Boys' Little World / 223 & Hanchao & Eiki Mori, Zen Photo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2011); Recurrent Shadows – Selected Works from the Three Shadows Photography Award 2008-2011, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China (2011); Myriad Visions – The Three Shadows Photography Award Exhibition 2011, Beijing, China (2011); Art Amsterdam 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2011); GTZ Photography Workshop 2011, Berlin, Germany (2011); 5PRCITY, United Nude Miami, Miami, United States (2010); First International Contemporary Art Festival of China Jimei, Xiamen, China (2010); Caochangdi Photo Spring 2010: ARLES IN BEIJING, Beijing, China (2010); Box II: The Cruelty of Youth, White Space Collection, New York City, USA (2010); LINEART Fair at Flanders Expo Gent, Belgium (2009); China Now –The Edge of Desire, Max Lang, New York, USA (2009); Youth Appearance, Fourth Lianzhou International Photography Festival, Guangdong, China (2008); Metamorphosis – New Generation of Chinese Contemporary Photographers, Art Scene China, Shanghai, China (2008); Hidden Life: Apartment Diary, Lin & Keng Gallery, Beijing, China (2008); Foto Grafia International Festival, Rome, Italy (2008); New Photography In China, City Festival, Hong Kong (2008); Sampling: Chinese Young Photographers, Potential Gallery, Beijing, China (2007); Refresh: Emerging Chinese Artists, touring exhibition, Zendai MoMA, Shanghai, China; Arario Gallery, Beijing, China (2007); Selfhood – Absent Minded, First Lianzhou International Photography, China (2006); and Five New Generation Photographers, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China (2005).

Lin Zhipeng currently lives and works in Beijing, China.


de Sarthe past exhibitions:

No. 223, 10 June - 28 August, 2016


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