Shen Xin

SHEN XIN (Born 1990, Chengdu) lives and works in London. Her recent solo presentations include Strongholds, Lychee One, London (2017); Originally Inclusive, CFCCA, Manchester (2016); At Home, Surplus Space, Wuhan (2016); Forms Escape: Prologue, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2016); Shoulders of Giants, Senate House, London (2015). She recently participated in group shows The New Normal, UCCA, Beijing (2017); Three Rooms, CAC, Shanghai (2017); Dragon Liver Phoenix Brain, OCAT, Shanghai (2016); You Won’t Be Young Forever, 235 Guangfu Road, Shanghai (2016). Shen is awarded the BALTIC Artists’ Award, with an exhibition in June of the biennial artist award at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2017). In 2016–17 Shen participated in artist residency with ACC-Rijksakademie Dialogue and Exchange.


SHEN XIN’s practice engages with moving image and event. In her works the aspect of time, the time of making and watching, constructs opportunities to render present the unrepresentable, the indigestible and the irrelevant. These subjects are looked at through examining the techniques and effects of circulations in socio-political power structures. For Shen, to dismantle the structures that dominate is to commit to the complexity of generating reflexiveness in the works, of how emotions, judgments and ethics circulate through individual and collective subjects. 

Solo Exhibitions


half-sung, half-spoken, Park Night, Serpentine Gallery, London

Strongholds, Lychee One, London, UK


Originally Inclusive, CFCCA, Manchester, U.K.

At Home, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China

Forms Escape: Prologue, 21st Century, Chisenhale Gallery, London, U.K.


Shoulders of Giants, Senate House, London, U.K.

Group Exhibitions


Pièce Touchée, Para Site, Hong Kong

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

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, China

The New Normal, UCCA, Beijing, China

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


Toward The Emergence Of Resistance, Taikang Space, Beijing, China

Huayu Young Artist Award Nominees’ Exhibition, Sanya, China

Dragon Liver Phoenix Brain, OCAT, Shanghai, China

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

Pixel Park, Jing’an Sculpture Park, Shanghai, China

Information Sculpture Highway, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China

Extravagant Imagination, the Wonder of Idleness, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China


The Ballad of Generation Y, OCAT, Shanghai, China

Eyes As Sieves, Global Committee, New York, USA

Shoulders of Giants, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK

Kagoshima Art Festa, Kirishima Open Air Museum, Kagoshima, Japan

I’M Ten, IMT Gallery, London, UK

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

5th Chinese Visual Art Festival, Kings College, London, UK

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

Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall, UK

Aesthetica Art Prize, York, UK

Does Not Equal, W139, Amsterdam

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


Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, The Mall, London, UK

Unorthodox Hosts, ICA, London, UK

Paradoxical Intentions, #1 Bermondsey Square, London, UK

Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Liverpool Biennial, World Museum, Liverpool, UK 

21st Century Graduate Screening, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK

35A Moving Image Festival, Le 6B, Paris, France

4th Chinese Visual Festival, King’s College, London, UK

DEL+REW, Goldsmiths College, London, UK

Oslo Screen Festival, International Video Art Festival, Oslo, Norway

Open Screenings, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

Difference or Sociality, Woburn Research Centre, UCL, London, UK


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

Local Futures, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

Open Studio, Listhus Art Space, Ólafsfjördur, Iceland

Autocenter Presentation 1, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany

Cinema as Object, Woburn Research Centre, UCL, London, UK


Peninsula & Islands, Taksu Gallery, Singapore

The Lasalle Show ’12 Exhibition, Praxis Space, Singapore


Affordable Art Fair, F1 Pit Building, Singapore

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 


Strange Impression, Tickle Art Space, Citylink, Singapore

Pameran Poskad, My Art Space, Singapore


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

SDEA 2009 Celebrate Drama, Art House, Singapore 

Awards & Residencies


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


ACC-Rijksakademie Dialogue and Exchange, Gwangju, South Korea & Amsterdam, Netherlands

Treasure Hill Artist Village Residency, Taipei, Taiwan


Shortlisted for Chisenhale Gallery, Spike Island and Whitworth Gallery Film Commission London Critical Theory School, Birkbeck University, London, UK

CAC Fellowship for Chinese Artist at Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK


Audrey Wykeham Prize, UCL, London, UK

London/Stockholm Residency, SITE Studio, Stockholm, Sweden


Listhús Artist Residency Program, Ólafsfjördur, Iceland

Autocenter Summery Academy, Berlin, Germany


LASALLE Award for Academic Excellence, Singapore


LASALLE Award for Academic Excellence, Singapore

The LASALLE Scholarship, Singapore

The Winston Oh Travelogue Award, Singapore

Talks & Presentations


Forgetfulness and Objects of Affiliations, Etat Forum, Tapei,Taiwan


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

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

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


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


Cinema as Object, Woburn Research Center, London, UK

UAL LGBT History Month, London Communication College, London, UK



Against Guest Host Dispositions: 1/N, screening and discussion initiated by Shen Xin, CAC, Shanghai, China


Unorthodox Hosts, Artists’ Film Club Program selected by Shen Xin, ICA, London, UK

Publications & Press


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


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

Art World, “Shen Xin: At Home” Wuhan, China

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

Artsy, “20 Chinese Emerging Artists”

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

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


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

UK Now, “Shen Xin”, London, UK

Museum of Chinese in America, “Yellow Peril”, New York, USA

Critical Contemporary Culture, Issue “Play”, London, UK

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

CAC, “Interview with Nikita Lynne”, Shanghai, China

Aesthetica Art Prize “Aesthetica Art Prize 2015”, London, UK

CNC Spanish International “Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014”, London, UK


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

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

Goop “Ones to watch”, London, UK

Apollo Magazine, “Mapping the Contemporary”, London, UK

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

Garageland Magazine, “Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014”, London, UK

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


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

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

He Xiangning Art Museum, “Local Futures”, Shenzhen, China

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

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


Taksu Gallery, “Peninsula & Islands”, Singapore