Wang Tuo
Currently lives and works in Beijing, China

2007 BS, Biology, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China
2012 MA, Painting, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
2014 MFA, Painting, Boston University, School of Visual Art, Boston, USA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Wang Tuo: The Second Interrogation, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong

Statements, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Wang Tuo: If by Love We Were Deceived, Center for Experimental Film, Online

Wang Tuo: Empty-handed into History, UCCA, Beijing, China

Standing at the Crossroads, WHITE SPACE, Beijing, China

WANG Tuo: Smoke and Fire, Present Company, New York, USA

Only the Lonely: Nadim Abbas & Wang Tuo, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, China
WANG Tuo: Spiral, Beijing Contemporary, Beijing, China

Myths We Don’t Outgrow, WHITE SPACE, Beijing, China
The Monkey Grammarian, Salt Project, Beijing, China

A Little Violence of Organized Forgetting, Taikang Space, Beijing, China
Only the Lonely : Nadim Abbas & Tuo Wang, inCube Arts, New York, USA
Chorus, Riverviews Art Space, Lynchburg, USA

A Study for Human Opera: Prelude, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

Image Forum Festival, Tokyo, Japan
Play & Loop IV, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong, China
Frequencies of Tradition, Kadist, San Francisco, California, USA
ON | OFF 2021: Carousel of Progress, He Art Museum, Guangdong, China
Rhythm and Refrain, Song Art Museum, Beijing, China
The Note of Food, Qiong Jiu Tang, Beijing, China
Soul Hunters, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China

Frequencies of Tradition, Incheon Art Platform, Incheon, Korea
32nd Singapore International Film Festival, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
The Precarious Field of Optimism: The Re-definition and Re-production of Failure, OCAT Institute, Beijing, China
The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2020, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
Unknown Games, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
The 13th Shanghai Biennale "Bodies of Water", Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
The Circular Impact: Video Art 21, OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, China
The 4th Today's Documents - "A Stitch in Time", Museum of Contemporary Art Chongqing, Chongqing, China

The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2019, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
Cao Fei for LOOP, VIDEOCLOOP, LOOP Barcelona, online
Kino Der Kunst 2020, Munich, Germany
Étude, Aranya Art Center, Beidaihe, China
MMCA Asia Project – Looking for another family, MMCA, Seoul, Korea
Out of Blueprints, Serpentine Gallery, online
A Light Without Shadow, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, New York, USA
OCAT × KADIST Emerging Media Artist Program 2020, OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Anonymous Society for Magick, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong, Chinaw

The 4th Today's Documents – A Stitch in Time, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Long March Project: The Deficit Faction, Long March Space, Beijing, China
Sunset on a Dead End: The Notorious and Their Inexplicable Modes of Existence, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
Forget Sorrow Grass: An Archaeology of Feminine Time, Times Museums, Guangzhou, China
A White Space Odyssey, WHITE SPACE, Beijing, China
Now Is the Time: 2019 Wuzhen Contemporary Art Exhibition, Wuzhen, China
Hic Sunt Leones, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China
Hic Sunt Leones, 798 Art Center, Beijing, China
Psyche and Politics, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
Remapping Reality – Selected Video Collection from Wang Bing, OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Roadside Picnic-Drawings, Owen Art Gallery at Gould Academy, Maine, USA
HOW NOW· The Life Apps, How Art Museum, Shanghai, China

8102-On Reality, OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Replay, White Space Beijing, Beijing, China
Docile, SNAP Art Center, Shanghai, China
Light! Heat! Power!, Spare Space/Fy Foundation, Shanghai, China
New Metallurgists, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany
One Northeast, Zarya Center for Contemporary Art, Vladivostok, Russia
Play and loop, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong
Confusing Public and Private: The 3rd Beijing Photo Biennial, Cultural Industry Center of Beizhen City in Liaoning province, Beizhen, China
40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China
Encounter Asia — Multi-vision of Youth Art, Museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China
The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2017, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China
Ten Directions: The 10th Anniversary Exhibition of the Three Photography Award, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, China
Assembling, chi K11 art space, Shenyang, China
Interlink: The 10th Three Shadows Photography Award Exihibition, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, China
Infinite Rehearsal, Mocube, Beijing, China

Roadside Picnic, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA
Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture: Ideas on the Move, Sally Project, Shenzhen, China
Indoors Universe: The 5th HuaYu Youth Award, Sanya, China
Phantom Pain Clinic, Jimei × Arles International Photography Festival, Jimei Citizen Center, Xiamen, China
To Be An Image Maker, Jimei × Arles International Photography Festival, Jimei Citizen Center, Xiamen, China
The Latch : That Obscure Object of Portraits, C-Space+Local, Beijing, China
Nine, Queens Museum, New York, USA
Dream-atic, Christian Louboutin, Beijing, China

Re-juvenation, Thornwillow Institute, Newburgh, USA

The Real Thing, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
House of Flying Boobs, Nuyorican Poets Club & Bowery Poetry Club, New York, USA
Peekskill Project VI, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, USA
Archimedes's Bathtub, Lorimoto Gallery, New York, USA
Tirana International Film Festival, TEN Multimedia Center, Tirana, Albania
Re-make/Re-build/Re-stage, Vox Populi, Aux Performance Center, Philadelphia, USA
CURATICISM |The Gam #2, NARS Foundation, New York, USA

6th Cairo Video Festival, Gezira Art Center, Cairo, Egypt
IMA International Film Festival, Kerala Sahitya Academy, IMA Film Society, India
Convergence, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA, USA
Reminiscence of the Land, 798 Photo Gallery, Beijing, China
9th Annual Boston Young Contemporaries, 808 Gallery, Boston, USA

Selected Screenings, Lectures & Talks

Talk on 2022 Unbounded Group Exhibition, Three Shadow Photography, Xiamen, China
Witchcraft Rhetoric, Jiazazhi & One-Way Street
ON/OFF 2021: Carousel of Progress Forum, He Art Museum
Director Appearances: The Innovation of Avant-Garde Images, HiShorts! Film Festival, Xiamen, China

To Question Wang Tuo, New Century Art Foundation, Beijing, China
Li Zhuowu: Seeking Enlightenment in the Mundane from “Wang Tuo: Empty-handed into History” Series, UCCA
Storytellers from Dongbei from “Wang Tuo: Empty-handed into History” Series, UCCA
Transmissions—Shen Xin W/You Mi, Wang Tuo, Zairong Xiang, online
Wang Tuo with Chen Min: Symptomatic Silence of Complicit Forgetting and Tungus, School of Intermedia Art, China Academy of Art
Screening: Tungus at EastEast, Russia
Artist Talk, 13th Shanghai Biennale, PSA, Shanghai, China
Close-up: Thinking and Practicing of Contemporary Video art, 13th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai China

Wang Tuo Talks about Obsessions, The 4th Today’s Documents- A Stitch in Time, Online
Being Ocean, Bodies of Water as Narrative Conception, 13th Shanghai Biennale
Collective Narratives: The Narrator and Their Texts, online screening & panel, Conversazione
Book Release+Talk: The Book of Exhaustion - Quotes, OCAT Shanghai

UCCA "New Sites" Performance Lecture Series: Wang Tuo: Obsession, UCCA, Beijing, China
Beyond the Real and Illusion: Northeast China and Its Representation, The Fourth Huayu Art Forum. Sanya, Hainan, China
Wildfire: The Sin of Prometheus?, Center for Experimental Film, online
Screening: Mobolization: Crossing the South Asia Consensus Area, CACHE space, Beijing, China
Subconscious of Space, A4 Art Museum
Theory and History: What Image for?, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
The Doomsday Dialect, OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Bian Gui, Nanshanshe, Xi'an, China
Read Between The Lines, de-Art Center, Beijing, China

Memory and the Present of Northeast Asia, chi K11, Shenyang, China
Tracing the Anxiety:Discussion from the Pan Xiao's Letter, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
Histories of Writing: On the State of Contemporary Writing, UCCA, Beijing, China
Play & Loop, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong, China
WANG Tuo, T.O.P Space, Guangzhou, China
Artificial Concept, Luohu Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

Art Forum - Tuo Wang, Montclair State University, Montclair, USA
"The Art of Living", Three Cities Screening, SCREEN + I: project space + artnet + Loris, New York, Beijing, Berlin
Armory Week Special Program: Tuo Wang Sceening & Conversation with Herb Tam, Residency Unlimited, New York, USA
Tuo Wang's Talk on Chorus, Riverviews Artspace, Lynchburg, USA

Taking up Space, HVCCA, New York, USA Johan Bergstörm Hyldahl & Tuo Wang @ 456 Forum, New York, USA
Project Reading, Songyang Fieldwork Station, Songyang, China
Artist Talk, Residency Unlimited, New York, USA
Artist Talk, NARS Foundation, New York, USA

6th Cairo Video Festival, Vanitas, Gezira Art Center, Cairo, Egypt
Accolade Awards Competition, San Diego, USA
Access Code Short Film Festival, Bangalore, India
Special Screening, IMA International Film Festival, IMA Film Society, India Vanitas, Entr'acte @ Brooklyn, New York, USA
CFA Speakeasy at the Hawthorne, Vanitas – Part I, Boston, USA
Artist Talk, NYFA Mentoring Program, New York, USA
Visiting Artist Talk, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, USA
CFA Speakeasy Prize at the Hawthorne, Artist Talk, Boston, USA

Awards, Residency & Scholarships

Top 1 of “Best Artist of Year 2021,” Hiart
Best 10 Solo Exhibitions of Year 2021, Hiart
Artist of the Year, 2021 Photography World Overview
Exhibition of the Year-Wang Tuo: Empty-handed into History, 2021 Photography World Overview
Finalist of Art Prize for Moving Image by Han Nefkens Foundation, alongwith Mori Art Museum, M+ and Singapore Art Museum

Winner, KADIST Research Residency, San Francisco, USA
Exhibition of Year 2020, Art Asia Pacific

Winner, Youth Contemporary Art Wuzhen Award, China

Winner, the 10th Three Shadows Photography Award, China
China Top Shorts Award, Beijing International Short Film Festival, China
Outstanding Art Exploration Award for Chinese Short Films, Beijing International Short Film Festival, China

Artist-in-residence, Queens Museum, Queens, NY
Residency Unlimited, New York, NY
NARS Foundation International Artists Residency, New York, NY

Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center Prize, Boston University, Boston, USA

Constatin Alajalov Scholarship, Boston University, Boston, USA

Bronze Award "2012 Exhibition for
Nominated Students from Art Academy", Today Art Museum, Beijing, China


Mentor of “New Asia Filmmakers”, China
Jury of The First abC Art Book Award, Beijing, China

Final Jury of HiShorts! Film Festival, Xiamen, China

Publications & Catalogues

Wang Tuo, Empty-handed into History, Zhejiang Photographic Press
do it—China 2021, edited by Cao Dan and Hans Ulrich Obrist, CITIC Press Group

Bodies Of Water: The 13Th Shanghai Biennale, Catalogue
Un/Conventional, 2020 OCAT x KADIST Emerging Media Artist Exhibition, Catalogue
Looking for Another Family, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Catalogue
Kino Der Kunst 2020, Catalogue, Munich, Germany

Psyche and Politics, Exhibition Catalogue, Hatje Cantz
A Stitch in Time, Today Art Museum, Catalogue
Remapping Reality – Selected Video Collection from Wang Bing, OCAT Shanghai, Catalogue
Now Is the Time: 2019 Wuzhen Contemporary Art Exhibition, Catalogue

The Monkey Grammarian, published by Salt Project & NCAF
Ten Directions: The 10th Anniversary Exhibition of the Three Photography Award, Three Shadows

2017 Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, Catalogue, Three Shadows
Light Pavilion 2016, Taikang Space, Horizontal Rivers Press

Press & Reviews

  • Between Two Worlds: Returning and Fleeing in Refugee Status [在两个世界之间:难民态中的返乡与逃离],
  • Video Interview by Kadist
  • Wang Tuo: Dock of Heart, He Art Museum
  • Mind’s Eye: Wang Tuo, Cover Feature by Ophelia Lai, artasiapacific, Issue 122, MAR/APR
  • Feature and interview: Wang Tuo’s Savage Country, by Alex Colville, The World of Chinese, Issue 4
  • “Bewitching the History: On Wang Tuo’s Video Narrative [蛊惑历史 ——论王拓的影像叙事],” by Wang Huan, New Century Art Foundation
  • Video Interview: Wang Tuo,
  • Feature: Wang Tuo: Art is a Game of Maze [王拓:艺术是一场迷宫的游戏], Zhangshangbang
  • “From ‘Into Chaos’ to ‘Exploration of Consciousness:’ Mysticism and the Art Creation of Chinese Artists born after the 1980 [从“走入混沌”到“意识探索:神秘主义与80后中国艺术家的创作],” Cover Story, THE ART NEWSPAPER, Oct, Issue 90
  • Podcast interview: Wang Tuo: I don’t usually say I'm an artist, [艺术叨叨]
  • Podcast interview: Wang Tuo—An Artist With Empty Handed Into History, [闲弹时光]
  • Wang Tuo: The Storyteller,
  • Wang Tuo’s Solo Exhibition at UCCA: 8 "magic" videos interpret historical reincarnation, artchina
  • 60s with Wang Tuo, Kadist
  • Wang Tuo: I want to explore how behavior can be freed from the constraints of the body [王拓:我想探索行为如何脱离身体的束缚], Guyu Report, Tencent News
  • Empty-handed into History: Talk From Wang Tuo’s Northeast Tetralogy [“空手”入历史:从王拓“东北四部曲”谈起], CAFA art Info
  • Wang Tuo: Addicted, Duolun Voice, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art
  • Traveling Through the Northeast and Conjuring the Soul by a "Scholar": He "Walked into History Empty-handed" Like This [穿越过东北、以“书生”招魂:他就这样“空手走入历史”], by Meng Xianhui, THE ART NEWSPAPER
  • Wang Tuo, Haunted by History: Contemporary Video Works in East Asia, LEAP
  • Between Vasari and 'Avatar': Asking Hans Ulrich Obrist Why and How He Did the ‘Interview’, THE ART NEWSPAPER
  • The Northeast in Wang Tuo's Video Has No Accent, Hi Art
  • Wang Tuo: “Shaman Is My Tool For Observing Time. The Real Object of My Practice Is History.” / “Nordostchina und der Schamanismus” Goethe-Institut China
  • Exclusive Dialogue with Designer Tian Jun, Opening A New "one-stop" Art Landmark in Beijing [独家对话设计师田军,开启北京“一站式”艺术新地标], ELLEDECO家居廊
  • After watching the live broadcast on TikTok for a week, I picked up World Art History again, EYart
  • See Exhibitions on TikTok, TikTok app
  • Wang Tuo: Empty-handed into History, ActionMedia
  • Stratigraphical Images-Yang Beichen on ghostly technologies, and the obscure layering of images, stories, and identities in Wang Tuo’s work The Interrogation (2017), In Between Art Film Foundation
  • Is It Still Important to Distinguish Between Reality and Fiction In Understanding Video Images?[辨认真实还是虚构,对于理解影像依然重要吗?], IDEAT理想家, Nov
  • e-flux Podcasts: Wet-Togetherness—Decomposing: Daisy Bisenieks and Royce Ng (Zheng Mahler) and Tuo Wang presented by Shanghai Biennale
  • Wang Tuo In Conversation With Heinz Peter Schwerfel, KINO DER KUNST, Oct
  • Wang Tuo, Features by Chloe Chu, artasiapacific, Issue 118, MAY/JUN
  • Interview: Wang Tuo on the emotional architecture of his video works, interviewed by Fang Yan,
  • Dairy— SAY ANYTHING: Qing Zhang around Gallery Weekend Beijing,
  • Critic’s Pick: “Anonymous Society for Magick,” by Ingrid Pui Yee Chu,
  • Haunted by the Past: Wang Tuo’s Introspective Films, text by Mimi Wong, Heichi Magazine
  • A Life You Have Forgotten, by Wang Tuo, Kadist WeChat Account
  • Vlog: Thanks to Your Love 1949, by Wang Tuo, PSA online screening
  • Wang Tuo's Conversation with He Bi: The "Rising Waves" in the "Renaissance" in Northeast China, Art Trade Journal
  • Podcast: Talk with Wang Tuo, Sunkend Garden, OCAT Shanghai
  • In "Role Play", "Free Connection" of China's New Generation of Video Artists, THE ART NEWSPAPER
  • 7 Artists, 8 Hours of Video Art, No Subject, Beiqingyiping
  • Square Table—Freedom, or Connection? It’s Not A Problem, Jiazazhi
  • "Decomposition" by Bonnie Chau, Epiphany
  • Wang Tuo: Standing at the Crossroads, artasiapacific
  • Wang Tuo, Young Curators Academy
  • Online: Wang Tuo In Conversation With Heinz Peter Schwerfel, Kino Der Kunst
  • Étude by the Sea: Waking up to the Very Life We're Living, CAFA Art Info
  • Features: A Feminist Detour at Guangdong Times Museum, by Shanyu Zhong, Ocula Magazine, Oct
  • Tracing the Anxiety: Discussion from the Pan Xiao's Letter,, Feb
  • Critic’s Pick: 8102 - On Reality, by Chen Jiaying,, Jan
  • Beyond Realities, by Yin Yadi, Art Frontier, Jan
  • Your Picture Editor, Spotlight on Three Shadows. Interview to the Beijing Director Nataline Colonnello, Jan
  • Critic’s Pick: The Deficit Faction,
  • Sunset on a Dead End: The Notorious and Their Inexplicable Modes of Existence, Jiazazhi
  • “Now Is The Time” in Wuzhen: An Era Model of the Hyperlink Between An Southern Ancient City and Chinese and Foreign Contemporary Art, THE ART NEWSPAPER
  • Critic’s Pick: 8102-On Reality, 798 art
  • Wang Tuo and “The Interrogation” in his eyes: Interview the winner of the 10th Three Shadows Photography Award, Three Shadows Photography
  • Time to reflect, by Fang Aiqing, China Daily
  • Video Reality: Trauma, (Non) Fiction and Psychopolitics, by Lu Mingjun, New Century Art Foundation
  • Slant: Tracing the Source of Anxiety: From the Discussion of Pan Xiao [焦虑的溯源:从潘晓讨论谈起],
  • Critic’s Pick: New Metallurgists, by Fang Yan,, Dec
  • China’s Photographic Memory, by Xueli Wang, Art in America, Dec
  • Critic’s Pick: 40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography, by Guo Yun,, Nov 
  • Columns: Heart Sick by Wang Tuo,
  • Mental Illness - Wang Tuo on '5000 Feet is the Best',, Jun
  • The Interruption of Discourse - On Wang Tuo's 'The Interrogation,’ Jiazazhi
  • Roadside Picnic, by Mimi Wong, artasiapacific, Jan
  • A Rest on Halfway, by Gu Qianfan, Art Frontier, Jan 
  • Wang Tuo: Farewell, Artshard
  • Art 8 · China Young Artist Award Nomination: Wang Tuo, by Nataline Colonnello, Art 8
  • Wang Tuo Instigates Painting to Learn From the Video, by Yang Zi, ARTYOO, Nov
  • Portrait of Wang Tuo - An Interview about "The Latch", Dawan Art, Nov
  • Wang Tuo, by Yuna Fuca, Frieze, Issue 188, Jun/Aug
  • Wang Tuo - Myths We don't Outgrow, by Li Bowen, LEAP, June
  • The Lexicon of Amnesia: An Interview with Wang Tuo, by Li Jia, Yishu, Issue 81
  • Wang Tuo - Myths We don't Outgrow, by Geng Han, ArtWorld, May Issue
  • Wang Tuo - Myths We don't Outgrow, by Wang Wei, IArt, Mar/Apr Issue
  • Double Crossing, by Ysabelle Cheung, Art Asia Pacific, Issue 102, Mar/Apr
  • AO Preview on Art Basel Miami, Art Observed, Nov
  • 500 Words: Wang Tuo talks about "A Little Violence of Organized Forgetting", as told to Yuan Fuca,, Nov
  • Wang Tuo: A Little Violence of Organized Forgetting, by Huang Jingyuan, Flash Art China, Nov
  • Nadim Abbas & Tuo Wang- Only the Longly, by Chris Blackmore, LEAP, Oct
  • Tuo Wang's 'multi-narrative spectacles', by Emma Schkloven, The News & Advance, Jan
  • LaVoce di New York, by Alessandro Facente, Oct
  • NYFA Spotlight, interview, Sep
  • Art Newspaper China, by Hanlu Zhang, July
  • Butterfly Effect, interview, July
  • Art Reveal Magazine, interview, July
  • Performing the Teacher, by William Corbett, Exhibition Catalog 
  • Ray Art Center, Reminiscence of the Land, by Hanlu Zhang, Dec
  • VIDEOFOCUS Magazine, Stigmart10 VIDEOFOCUS Video biennial 
  • Studio Visit Magazine, winter 2014 edition 
  • 365 Artists Project by A Frank Juarez Gallery and Greymatter Gallery, Sep
  • WULUN.ORG, on-line art journal, by Chelsea Liu, July
  • Boston Globe, by Cate McQuaid, April
  • Big Red&Shiny, by Brain Christopher Glaser, Apr
  • Boston Globe, by Cate McQuaid, Aug