Unerotic Erotic Photos of Lovers and Friends by Ren Hang

January 7, 2014 | Marina Galperina

“Nudity is not published in China,” Beijing-based photographer Ren Hang told Pas Un Autre. “An exhibition was canceled, someone spat at my work, cameras getting confiscated by the police, and almost going to jail.”

Ren Hang’s photos contain a lot of nudity, but it’s not really pornographic titillation. Pop mysticism? (Erupting in clusters of birds) Pop physics? (Arranged in precarious piles) Absurdism? (Ass up, head in a ground hole) Avant-garde lite? (Drenched in red, squatting with flowers) Ok, it’s a bit Ryan McGinley with the blue smoke stacks in the woods, but… It works.

Ren Hang’s new exhibit opens at the Paris NUE gallery later this month. “La Chine a Nue,” Ren Hang, Jan 17 – Mar 14, NUE gallerie, Paris