Born 1978 Guangzhou, China
Lives and works in
Working predominantly in film, video and installation, Cao Fei has produced significant works in such unorthodox media as dating platforms, the online virtual world Second Life, and the 490-metre-high facade of a Hong Kong skyscraper. Concerned with daily life in a rapidly changing China, Cao’s work is notable for its seamless blending of astute social observations with recognisable popular and subcultural motifs — from sources ranging from communist history to cosplay and cult cinema — into strange, beautiful, compelling imagery and environments. One of a generation of artists born at the end of the Cultural Revolution (1965–76), her practice reflects the impact of the influx of Western popular culture into China, as well as the shift in values as the country embraced globalisation and the concept of individualism. In her recent practice she has been investigating different ideas of economic life and labour relations.