• About
    • Biography
    • Exhibitions
      • Solo Exhibition
      • Group Exhibition
      • Art Fair
    • Artworks
      • Video
      • New Media
      • Other
    • SHEN Xin
    • Birthdate: 1990
      Birthplace: China | Sichuan
      Lives and Works in: United Kingdom | England
      Shen Xin (1990, Chengdu) lives and works in London and Amsterdam. Through films and video installations, as well as performative events, Shen’s practice examines and fabricates techniques and effects of how emotion, judgment, and ethic circulate through individual and collective subjects. By focusing on interpersonal complexity and political narratives, their films often aim to generate reflexiveness to dismantle dominant power structures. 

      Shen's recent solo presentations include To Satiate, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai (2019); Methods of Inhabiting, K11 Shanghai (2018); Sliced Units, Center for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester (2018); half-sung, half spoken, Serpentine Pavilion, London (2017); and At Home, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China (2016). Recent group shows include NEITHER BLACK/ RED/ YELLOW/ NOR WOMAN, Times Art Center, Berlin, Germany (2019); LANDSCAPE WITH BEAR, De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2019); Remapping Reality, OCAT, Shanghai (2019); New Metallurgists, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf (2018); Songs for Sabotage, the New Museum Triennial, New York (2018); and The New Normal, UCCA, Beijing (2017), etc. Shen was awarded the BALTIC Artists’ Award in 2017, and she is currently an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam.
    • Biography


      2020      Brine Lake (A New Body), M+ Hong Kong

      2019      Double Feature, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

      Synthetic Types, Performance at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

      Commerce des Esprits, with MadeIn Gallery, Art Basel Hong Kong

      To Satiate, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai

      Warm Spell, Western Front, Vancouver

      Protests Proclamations and Celebrations, Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut 

      2018      Methods of Inhabiting, K11 Art Foundation, Shanghai

      Warm Spell, Artist’s Film Club, ICA, London

      Sliced Units, CFCCA, Manchester

      Records of Rites, MIMA, Middlesbrough

      2017      half-sung, half-spoken, Park Night, Serpentine Galleries, London

      Strongholds, Lychee One, London

      2016     Originally Inclusive, CFCCA, Manchester

      At Home, Surplus Space, Wuhan

      Forms Escape: Prologue, 21st Century, Chisenhale Gallery, London

      2015    Shoulders of Giants, Senate House, London

      Rhythms of Work - Means Something to You, Chronus Art Centre, Shanghai



      2020      Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning, Gwangju Biennale (forthcoming)

       Topologies of the Real, Techne Triennial, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing (forthcoming)

      2019      Sigg Prize, M+ Museum, Hong Kong

      RijksakademieOpen, Amsterdam

      Neither Black/Red/Yellow Nor Woman, Times Art Center, Berlin

      Materializing Memory, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu, Lisson Gallery, London

      Landscape with bear, De Appel, Amsterdam

      hic sunt leones, Gallery Weekend, Beijing

      Remapping Reality, OCAT, Shanghai

      Warm Spell, Western Front, Vancouver

      2018      RijksakademieOpen, Amsterdam

      8102 On Reality, OCAT Shanghai

      Elevation Laos, Vientianne

      Lived Worlds, with The Mistake Room at Art021, Shanghai

      New Metallurgists, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf

      Screening, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong

      Screening, Asia Art Archive, New York

      Move on Asia, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul

      Screening, Decad, Berlin

      Today’s Art Space Network, Daegu Art Factory, Daegu

      Behind the Terrain, Koganei Art Spot Chateau, Tokyo

      Emerald City, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong

      Songs for Sabotage, New Museum Triennial, New York

      CONDO with MadeIn Gallery, Project Native Informant, London

      2017      Frontier, OCAT Shanghai

      Facing the Sea, Screen Time, Shenzhen

      A Separation, Yang Gallery, Beijing

      Misty Clouds Scattered Colours, Crown Buildings, Liverpool

      Pièce Touchée, Para Site, Hong Kong

      Long Night of Museums, LUMA Westbau, Zurich

      Urban Implosion, ACC, Gwangju

      Nawki by SPUR, Leeds Big Screen, Leeds

      BALTIC Artists’ Award, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

      The Regeneration of Strongholds, Surplus Space, Wuhan

      Of Time and Space, Hanoi DocLab, Hanoi

      Americans 2017, LUMA Westbau, Zurich

      Shattered Sanctity, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei

      Three Rooms, CAC, Shanghai

      The New Normal, UCCA, Beijing

      What You See Is Not What You See, LEAP Screen, Photofairs, San Francisco

      2016      Toward The Emergence Of Resistance, Taikang Space, Beijing

      Huayu Young Artist Award, Sanya

      Dragon Liver Phoenix Brain, OCAT, Shanghai

      You Won’t Be Young Forever, No.235 Guang Fu Road, Shanghai

      The Heterotopia of Rules, LEAP Screen, West Bund Art & Design Fair, Shanghai

      Pixel Park, Jing’an Sculpture Park, Shanghai

      Information Sculpture Superhighway, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai

      Extravagant Imagination, The Wonder of Idleness, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai

      2015    The Ballad of Generation Y, OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai

      Eyes of Sieves, Global Committee, New York

      Shoulders of Giants, Birmingham City University, Birmingham

      Kagoshima Art Festa, Kirishima Open Air Museum, Kagoshima

      I’M Ten, IMT Gallery, London

      Yellow Peril Editorial Launch, Museum of Chinese in America, New York

      Chinese Visual Art Festival, London

      Transitória 2: Articulações E (des) encontros, Redbull Station, São Paulo

      Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall

      Aesthetica Art Prize, York

      Does Not Equal, W139, Amsterdam

      18th Japan Media Arts Festival, The National Art Center, Tokyo 

      2014   Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, The Mall, London

      Unorthodox Hosts, ICA, The Mall, London

      Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Liverpool Biennial, World Museum, Liverpool 

      21st Century Graduate Screening, Chisenhale Gallery, London

      35A Moving Image Festival, Le 6B, Paris

      Chinese Visual Festival, King’s College, London

      DEL+REW, Goldsmiths College, London

      Oslo Screen Festival, International Video Art Festival, Oslo

      Open Screenings, Whitechapel Gallery, London

      Difference or Sociality, Woburn Research Centre, UCL, London 

      2013     Voice of the New Who, Niu Hu Artist Village, Shenzhen

      Local Futures, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen

      Open Studio, Listhus Art Space, Ólafsfjördur

      Autocenter Presentation 1, Autocenter, Berlin

      Cinema as Object, Woburn Research Centre, UCL, London

      2012   Peninsula & Islands, Taksu Gallery, Singapore

      The Lasalle Show ’12 Exhibition, Praxis Space, Singapore

      2011   Deploying Passages, Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore

      2nd International Painting Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts Vladivostok, Russia

      Squared Invasion, Instinc Gallery, Singapore

      The Winston Oh Travel Award 2011, Praxis Space, Singapore

      The Collaborative Prize 2011, Brother Joseph McNally Gallery, Singapore

      That’s Another Story, Praxis Space, Singapore

      2010   Strange Impression, Tickle Art Space, Citylink, Singapore

       Pameran Poskad, My Art Space, Singapore

      2009   Faux Green, Praxis Space, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore 

      SDEA 2009 Celebrate Drama, Art House, Singapore



      2014   MFA Fine Art Media, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London

      2012     BA Fine Art, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore



      2020      Western Front, Vancouver

      2019      Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam

      2016      ACC-Rijksakademie Dialogue and Exchange, Gwangju & Amsterdam

      Treasure Hill Artist Village Residency, Taipei

      2015      London Critical Theory School, Birkbeck University, London

      Chronus Art Centre Fellowship for Chinese Artist, Birmingham City University, Birmingham

      2014      London/Stockholm Residency, SITE Studio, Stockholm

      2013      Listhús Artist Residency Program, Ólafsfjördur

      Autocenter Summery Academy, Berlin



      2019      Sigg Prize, M+, Hong Kong

      BMW Art Journal shortlist

      2017      The Elephant Trust Grant for production of “Warm Spell”

      BALTIC Artists’ Award, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

      2014      Audrey Wykeham Prize, UCL, London

      2012      LASALLE Award for Academic Excellence, Singapore

      2011      LASALLE Award for Academic Excellence, Singapore

      The LASALLE Scholarship, Singapore

      The Winston Oh Travelogue Award, Singapore



      2019      Floating Constellation: Border-Crossing Exchanges within and beyond Asia, Spike Magazine, Berlin

      In conversation: Shen Xin and May Adadol Ingawanij, ArtReview Bar, London

      2018      Elevations Laos symposium, The Australian Embassy, Vientiane

      Artist Talk and Masterclass, Fine Art Extension Degree, Goldsmiths

      Dialogues on Sexuality and Longing, CFCCA, Manchester

      Contemporary Art Lecture, The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London

      Triennial: “Songs for Sabotage” Artist Panel Discussion, New Museum, New York

      2017      Algorithmic Citizenship & Collective Memory, FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris

      PuntWG, Amsterdam

      Gender Trouble, UCCA, Beijing

      The Non-hermetic, Salt Projects, Beijing

      2016      Forgetfulness and Objects of Affiliations, Etat Forum, Tapei

      2015      Considering PLAY in Critical Contemporary Culture, Waterside Contemporary, London

      To Speak of the Blueprints & To Act on the Gaps, CAC, Shanghai

      Panel discussion with Elina Suoyrjö, Does Not Equal, W139, Amsterdam

      2014      Chinese Visual Festival Director’s Talk, King’s College, London

      2013      Cinema as Object, Woburn Research Center, London

      UAL LGBT History Month, London Communication College, London



      2019      “Shen Xin”, CURA.18, HOT!, Alise Upitis

      2018      “ANNOTATED SAX COMPENDIA”, Ryan Gander & Jonathan P. Watts, Saxmundham & London

      Mousse Magazine, “Rules of Traction”, Alvin Li, Basel

      Art Monthly, “Sliced Units”, Laura Harris, Manchester

      Artsy, “The Artsy Vanguard: On the Rise”, New York

      ArtAsiaPacific, “Alternative Neo-spiritualities”, Newcastle

      New Museum Triennial Catalogue“Songs for Sabotage”, Alvin Li, New York

      OCAT Shanghai, “Frontier Catalogue” Lu Mingjun, Shanghai

      New York Times, “Meet Six Disrupters at the New Museum’s Triennial”, Hilarie M. Sheets, New York

      2017      YAC, “Interview”, Abigail Mitchell, Manchester

      AQNB, “Interview”, Human Poney, London

      Frieze, “Quilting Points”, En Liang Khong, Gateshead

      The Art Newspaper, “Interview”, Lu Mingjun, Beijing

      Salt Projects, “The Non-hermetic”, Shen Xin, Beijing

      Lychee One, “Shen Xin: Strongholds”, Gary Zhexi Zhang, London

      ArtAsiaPacific, “Strongholds”, Andrew Stooke, London

      Art World, “Interview”, Yang Yuanyuan, Beijing

      2016      Artforum Critics’ Picks, “Shen Xin: At Home”, Chen Xi’an, Wuhan

      Art World, “Shen Xin: At Home” Wuhan

      Artsy, “10 Emerging Artists to Watch at Artissima”, Turin

      Artsy, “20 Chinese Emerging Artists”

      Randian Artist Profile: Shen Xin, “China, or Post-China?” Chen Xi’an, Shanghai

      Artforum Critics’ Picks, “The Ballad of Generation Y”, Liu Na’ou, Shanghai

      2015      ArtAsiaPacific Issue 96, “New Current - Shen Xin”, Dan Munn, London

      UK Now, “Shen Xin”, Dan Munn, London

      Critical Contemporary Culture, Issue “Play”, London

      Chinese Visual Festival, “Chinese Visual Festival 2015”, London

      CAC, “Interview with Nikita Lynne”, Shanghai 

      Aesthetica Art Prize “Aesthetica Art Prize 2015”, London

      CNC Spanish International “Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014”, London

      2014      Bloomberg New Contemporaries, “Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 Catalogue”, London

      Axis Web, “MAstar Selected by Kirsty Ogg”, London

      Goop “Ones to watch”, London

      Apollo Magazine, “Mapping the Contemporary”, London

      Culture 24, “A Needle Walks into a Haystack”, London

      Garageland Magazine, “Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014”, London

      Slade Fine Art Media 2014, “Working On My Sh*t”, London, "Local Futures: Review by Tsaichin Ni", Shenzhen

      2013      Woburn Research Centre, “Difference or Sociality”, London

      Niu Hu Artist Village, “Voice of the New Who”, Shenzhen

      He Xiangning Art Museum, “Local Futures”, Shenzhen

      Myndlistarfélagið, “Shen Xin í Listhúsinu í Fjallabyggð”, Iceland

      The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, “SMILING AGAINST GREAT VIEWS (frá Listhús)”, Iceland

      2012      Taksu Gallery, “Peninsula & Islands”, Singapore

    • Exhibitions
      • Shen Xin: "To Satiate"
        Mar 22, 2019 - May 5, 2019
        Opening: Mar 22, 2019 Friday
        Artist: SHEN Xin
        • Solo Exhibition
      • HK Art Basel 2019
        Mar 29, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019
        Curator: SHEN Xin
        • Art Fair
        Aug 30, 2018 - Sep 2, 2018
        Artists: CHEN Ying, SHANG Liang, SHEN Xin, XU Zhen, YANG Shen
        • Art Fair
      • Art Republic Beijing Contemporary 2018
        Aug 30, 2018 - Sep 2, 2018
        Artists: CHEN Ying, SHANG Liang, SHEN Xin, XU Zhen, YANG Shen
        • Art Fair
      • ART021 2017
        Nov 8, 2017 - Nov 12, 2017
        Artists: CHEN Ying, DING Li, FENG Mengbo, LU Pingyuan, SHANG Liang, SHEN Xin, XU Zhen
        • Art Fair
      • LISTE 2017
        Jun 13, 2017 - Jun 18, 2017
        Artists: MIAO Ying, SHEN Xin, WANG Newone
        • Art Fair
      • Artissima
        Nov 3, 2016 - Nov 6, 2016
        Artists: LU Pingyuan, SHEN Xin, XU Dawei
        • Art Fair
      • Information Sculpture Superhighway
        Sep 8, 2016 - Oct 23, 2016
        Artists: DING Li, FENG Mengbo, HE An, LIU Chengrui, LU Pingyuan, MIAO Ying, SHEN Xin, UMA , WANG Newone, WANG Sishun, XU Zhen, YANG Zhenzhong, YU Ji, ZHAO Yao, ZHENG Guogu
        • Group Exhibition
    • Artworks
      • Commerce des Esprits | SHEN Xin

        New Media | Four-channel video installation | 00:17:38 | 2018

      • Half-sung, half-spoken | SHEN Xin

        Other | Event, Commissioned by Serpentine Galleries | 2017

      • Snow Country | SHEN Xin

        Video | Single channel video | 18' | 2013

      • Warm Spell | SHEN Xin

        Video | Single-channel video, HD | 34’22'' | 2018

      • Forms Escape: Prologue | SHEN Xin

        | Event, single channel video | 36' | 2016

      • Forms Escape: Prologue (A, B, C) | SHEN Xin

        | Three-channel video installation | 6'07", 6'44", 5'01" | 2016

      • Records of Rites | SHEN Xin

        | Single channel video | 16'14" | 2014

      • Counting Blessings | SHEN Xin

        | Single channel video | 37'30" | 2014

      • Post 5.12 | SHEN Xin

        | Single channel video | 1'02" | 2015

      • The Gay Critic | SHEN Xin

        | Single channel video | 26'11" | 2015