Wang Jin

Wang Jin is a skillful photographer, sculptor and performance artist. His works are filled with social commentary. When he was denied an American visa he performed marrying a mule; in Henan province he created huge blocks of ice and placed toys and consumer goods inside — allowing residents to hammer and chisel away in a mad frenzy that said something about the consumer madness sweeping China. He has also sculpted huge porcelain bones and manufactured ancient Chinese clothing with modern techniques and materials. Much of his work defies easy explanation or categorization, except to say it is provocative. Wang studied Chinese painting at Zhejiang Academy of fine arts and graduated in 1987. He lives and works in Beijing now.