Cao Fei

The projects of Beijing-based artist Cao Fei (*1978) reflect the evolving societal and urban situation in China. Her works often make use of the latest digital media. Lying on the threshold between reality and fiction, the videos, photographs, drawings, and multimedia installations in this book represent her entire artistic Ĺ“uvre.


In her works, which vary between the aesthetics of documentary, film and virtual reality, Cao Fei reflects the reality of life in China and the constant fundamental changes. In doing so she also draws on her personal surroundings in Beijing. As an artist she addresses questions which are universally valid: where is the development in big cities leading? What is my place within urban society? Am I a critical observer of gentrification processes and at the same time a part of the problem?