Susanne Gaensheimer and Kathrin Beßen
The artist Cao Fei (* 1978) lives in Beijing. In her work she makes use of the latest digital media. Her projects lie on the threshold between reality and fiction and reflect the societal and urban situation in China. The videos, photographs, drawings and multimedia installations represent her entire artistic oeuvre.
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?