The late Ren Hang’s work is the subject of a new exhibition at Paris’ Maison Européenne de la Photographie. Called “Love, Ren Hang,” the show features 150 photographs from his archives, alongside poetry by Hang that is said to have influenced his work.
Hang died by suicide in 2017 at age 29, after suffering from cyclical depression. Before his death, Hang was known as the rising star of the contemporary Chinese photography scene. His work, which features nudes of his friends and lovers, caused controversy in his native China and got him arrested for violating obscenity laws.
However, Hang didn’t see his work as shocking. In an interview with Taschen, he said “I don’t really view my work as taboo, because I don’t think so much in cultural context or political context. I don’t intentionally push boundaries. I just do what I do.”
“Love, Ren Hang” is on now, and runs until May 26. Browse a selection of images from the show above, then head to Maison Européenne de la Photographie for more information.
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5/7 Rue de Fourcy
75004 Paris, France