Friday, April 24, 2009
Photographer: Xiao Hui Wang
Xiao Hui Wang is a photo artist, who has also made films and videos and has made a name for herself as an author.
In 1983 she received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and in 1986 a Master’s degree in Interior Design and Communication Science from the Tongji University in Shanghai and in 1986 she was awarded a fellowship from Germany.
Xiao Hui Wang’s works have been exhibited in various exhibitions – mostly solo-shows – in museums and galleries of numerous countries and are collected by private and public institutions alike. To date, Xiao Hui Wang has published over 30 books, mostly photo collections, with famous publishing houses such as Prestel, Fischer, Edition Braus to name a few. Her autobiographical book “My Visual Diary” has been a best-seller for six years and has been awarded important Chinese Book Prizes such as the Shanghai Excellent Book Award, the National Award for Literature and the National Female Literature Award. This book has also been published in Taiwan and Germany.
She has been a professor at Tongji University in Shanghai since 2002. At the same time she is the art director of “German City” in Shanghai. At Tongji University she founded the institute “Xiao Hui Wang Art Workshop" in 2003 and the “Tongji International Media Art Center“(TIMAC) in 2006. She and her team are working on a concept for the Chinese Theme Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.
Xiao Hui Wang has also initiated several influential cultural exchange programs between China and Germany. She has two residences in Munich and Shanghai.
In 2005 she was appointed as an honorary member of the BFF (German Association of Freelance Photographers), and was named one of the 25 “Most Influential Women” in Asia by the Chinese and Singapore National Women’s Association and leading women’s Magazines. In 2006 she was named as one of the top 50 “Chinese who Impact the Future of the World” by the famous Hong Kong magazine “Phoenix Life” and recommended as an “Honorary Doctor” by Hong Kong University. She also won the “German-Sino Friendship Award” from German Government and the “International Photographer Award” from SMG in 2007.
You can find her website here.