Shen Xin

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, her films often aim to generate reflexiveness to dismantle dominant power structures.

Her recent solo presentations include 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 New Metallurgists, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf (2018), Songs for Sabotage, the New Museum Triennial, New York (2018), and The New Normal, UCCA, Beijing (2017). Shen was awarded the BALTIC Artists’ Award in 2017, and she is currently an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam.

Solo Exhibitions


To Satiate, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai


Methods of Inhabiting, K11 Art Foundation, Shanghai

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

Sliced Units, CFCCA, Manchester

MIMA, Middlesbrough


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


Play and Loop, 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


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

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