press release

Song Taos works represent his feelings about the world, with easy and comfortable methods, from the perspective of the generation that grew up in the fast developing China of the ’80s and ’90s. Between January and July 2003 he took nearly 20,000 photos of daily life in Shanghai. Of them he chose about 3,000 with which to create his work, The Floor, for ShanghART gallery. The black and white photos mounted on wooden parquet floor plates and sealed with hard vanish, covered the whole gallery floor.

Song Tao was born in Shanghai in 1979 and he graduated from the Shanghai School of Art and Crafts in 1998. Today he lives and works in Shanghai. Song Tao has exhibited widely. Recent shows include China Contemporary, Art, Architecture and Visual Culture at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2006), Guangzhou Photo Biennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China, Double Vision, 1st Lianzhou International Foto Festival, Culture Square Lianzhou, China (2005) and Zooming Into Focus: Chinese Contemporary Photography and Video from Haudenschild Collection at the National Art Museum, Beijing, China (2005) and subsequently in Mexico City and Shanghai. Shanghai Constructions at Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China (2005) and Light as Fuck! Shanghai Assemblage 2000-1004, The National Museum of Art, Oslo, Norway (2004).


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Song Tao
ShanghART Gallery