Born in Gouangzhou in 1978, Cao Fei is one of the most important Chinese artists of her generation. She grew up in a world dominated by advertising and the electronic entertainment industry as developed in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and in her video films and sculptural installations she combines the influences of a global post-Pop culture with traditional elements of opera, the theatre or dance. Since the turn of the millennium, she has been employing the technical possibilities of film, animation and the Internet in order to depict the swift and radical social and cultural changes in China. Very quickly, Cao Fei developed a pictorial language entirely her own, in which she superimposes reality and fiction, and history and the present day. In 'docu-dramas' like Nu River (2007) or Cosplayers (2004) she consciously adopts a perspective that mediates between the inside and the outside viewpoints, interlocking documentation and fiction. The exhibition also presents the latest projects such as RMB City and i.Mirror. Since 2007 Cao Fei has been developing these utopian cities and future forms of living on the Net – on 'Second Life' – as her avatar China Tracy. The exhibition in the Kunsthalle Nuremberg
is the first comprehensive solo exhibition of the Chinese artist's work in Germany, organised in collaboration with Vitamin Creative Space, Peking/Gouangzhou and Le Plateau, Paris.