Hai Bo (Chinese, b.1962) is a Beijing-based photographer specializing in highly conceptual photographs that document the changing social, economic, and environmental climate of contemporary Chinese society. Born in the Jilin Province of China, he studied at the Fine Art Institution of Jilin in 1984, before continuing his photography studies at the Central Institute of Fine Arts in Beijing. Hai often re-stages photographs taken decades earlier, creating a juxtaposition of past and present in diptych compositions that emphasize China's rapid growth and change. His photographs also record the passage of time in a variety of ways, portraying the cyclical passing of generations, seasons, and decades. Recently Hai has started to document the communities that have formed alongside the margins of urban centers, reflecting the changing demographics of China in the wake of the country's Industrial Revolution. In addition to human subjects, Hai has also worked within the landscape genre, capturing the vastness and isolation of China's horizons in works from The Northern series. In 2004, Hai was the recipient of the 55th International Prize at the Michetti Foundation in Italy.

Timeline

1962
Born in Changchun, Jilin Province, China
1984
Graduated from the Fine Art Institute of Jilin, China
1989
Advanced Studies in the Central Institute of Fine Arts, Print Department
2000
CCAA (Chinese Contemporary Art Award), Beijing, China
2004
55th prize, Fondazione Michetti, Italy
Lives and works in Beijing

Exhibitions

2009
Speak Describe - 2009 Cross-Strait Contemporary Art, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung; National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2009
The China Project, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
2008
North of Taiping Mountain is All Grassland, solo exhibition at Beijing Commune, Beijing, China
2007
Journeys: Mapping the Earth and Mind in Chinese Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
2007
Black White Grey: A Conscious Cultural Stance, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2007
MARTa Schweigt-garde le silence, le silence te gardera, MARTa Herford, Germany
2007
Beijing Commune, New York
2006
Max Protetch Gallery, New York, New York
2006
China now - Kunst in Zeiten des Umbruchs, Sammlung Essl - Kunsthaus, Klosterneuburg
2005–2006
Shoot the Family, Western Gallery, Bellingham, WA; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2005
Classified Materials, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada
2005
2005 Noorderlicht Future Photofestivals : Traces and Omens, Netherlands
2005
The Chinese Photography and Video from China, SM’s Stedelijk Museum, New Zealand
2005
Guangzhou International Photography Biennale Exhibition, Guangzhou, China
2005
Regeneration - Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the U.S., ASUART - Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
2005
Asia: The Place To Be?, Alexander Ochs Galleries Berlin | Beijing, Berlin
2005
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, Victoria and Albert Museum - V&A, London (England)
2005
Mahjong - Chinesische Gegenwartskunst, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern
2005
Beijing Contemporary, Galerie Kampl - München, Munich
2005
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
2005
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, USA
2005
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China", Musuem of Contemporary Art Chicago,Chicago, USA
2004
Performing the Body - Photography and Performance from China, Alexander Ochs Galleries Berlin I Beijing, Berlin, Germany
2004
Contemporary Chinese Photography, Visual Gallery Photokina, Koln, Germany
2004
Spiritual Tour, Top Space .Top/F, Beijing, China
2004
Solo exhibition, Max Protetch Gallery, New York, USA
2004
Misleading Trails, China Art Archives & Warehouse (CAAW), Beijing
2004
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video From China, ICP - International Center of Photography, New York, NY
2004
China Meets India in Berlin, Alexander Ochs Galleries Berlin | Beijing, Berlin
2004
Regeneration - Contemporary Chinese Art, David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, RI
2004
Die Chinesen: Fotografie und Video aus China, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
2003
A Strange Heaven - Contemporary Chinese Photography, Rudolfinum, Prague
2003
Chinese Contemporary Art, Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art - Budapest, Budapest
2003
Chinart, MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome
2003
Open Sky, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2003
China Contemporary II - Illusions and Perceptions of the City, Art Seasons, Singapore
2003
Rencontres Internationales de la photographie 2003, Arles, France
2002
Hai Bo’s Solo Portraits Photography Exhibition, Fundacao Oriente, Delegacao de Macau, China
2002
Red Continent: China Contemporary Art Exhibition, Gwangju Art Museum, Korea
2002
The 1st Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, Guangdong
2002
HaiBo - Photography Exhibition, China Art Archives & Warehouse (CAAW), Beijing
2001
TAKE PART II - zeitgenoessische chinesische Kunst, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne, Luzern
2001
49th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia, Venice
2001
Take Part, Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland
2001
Chinese Expression, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2001
Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2000
The Spirit of Shanghai: The Third International Shanghai Biennale, Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2000
China Internet and Photographic Art, Jilin Art Academy Exhibition Hall, Changchun, Jilin Province, China
2000
House, Home, Family, 4/F Yuexing Furniture Corporation, Shanghai, China
2000
Internet Photography of China Home, Yue Xin Plaza, Shanghai, China
2000
About me - Chinese Experimental Photography , Other Shore Arts, Washington
2000
Post Material - Interpretatians of Everyday Life by Contemporary Chinese Artists, Red Gate Watch Tower, Beijing, China
1999
Back and Forth, Left and Right, installations and photographs, alternative art space, Beijing suburbs, China
1996
Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition, China Art Gallery, Beijing, China
1995
International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Taipei Fine Arts Museum,Taipei, Taiwan
1995
The 7th International Etching and Sketching Biennial, Tianwan, China
1994
The 12th National Print Exhibition, Shenzhen, China
1992
Tibet - Photography , Jilin Provincial Museum, China
1991
Photographs of Tibet, Jilin Art Museum, Changchun, Jilin Province, China