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Born in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, RongRong (b.1968) studied photography at the Central Industrial Art Institute in Beijing in 1992. In the following year, he moved to Beijing’s East Village and first gained attention by participating and documenting the performance art by young avant-garde artists living in the village. In 1996, RongRong co-founded the New Photo magazine, the first independent conceptual photography magazine in China, with Liu Zheng. In 2007, RongRong with his wife and artistic partner inri founded the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, the first private contemporary art space dedicated exclusively to photography in China.
RongRong’s East Village and Wedding Gown series have been exhibited internationally such as at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and The J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center in Los Angeles in early 2011. His work has been collected by a variety of private and public collections worldwide, including Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation Collection in Switzerland, Sigg Collection, The Museum of Modern Art in USA, Fondation Louis Vuitton in France and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Japan.
RongRong currently lives and works in Tokyo and Beijing.