RongRong & inri

RongRong (China) and inri (Japan) have been working together since 2000. Their works reflect the intimate world that they have created together, while pushing the boundaries of traditional black-and-white darkroom techniques. Their past critically acclaimed series of works, such as Mt. Fuji, In Nature, and Liulitun, focus on the beauty of the human body in nature and the urban environment. In 2007, RongRong and inri established the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in the Caochangdi art district of Beijing, the premier platform for international communication. They also started the annual Three Shadows Photography Award to discover and encourage China’s most promising young photographers. RongRong and inri’s recent work brings attention to the beauty and value of new beginnings in their shared life and surroundings, especially amidst a rapidly changing world.


1968 Born in Zhangzhou city, Fujian Province, China

1992 Entered the photography department of the Central Industrial Art Institute, Beijing

1993 Moved into Beijing’s “East Village”, and began a long-term photographic study on the lives of the young avant-garde artists who were living there

1996 Established “New Photo” magazine

2000 Started to make collaborative works with inri

2006 Established “Three Shadows Photography Art Centre”


1973 Born in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan

1994 Graduated from the Nippon Photography Institute, Tokyo

1994-97 Worked as a photographer for the newspaper Asahi Shinbun

1997 Became a freelance photographer and started individual creative work

1997 Became a freelance photographer and started individual creative work

2000 Started to make collaborative works with RongRong

2001 Took part in the KUNST Artist in Residence program, Vienna, Austria

2006 Established “Three Shadows Photography Art Centre”

Solo Exhibitions


“rebirth from ruins: RongRong & inri photography 2002-2009”,Kuhlhause Berlin, Germany



“RongRong & inri”, Michael Ku Gallery, TaibeiRuins Series: 1996-1998, Chambers Fine Art, Beijing

“three begets ten thousands things”, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

“three begets ten thousands things”, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong



Compound Eye, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen

“RongRong & inri”, MEM, Japan

“RongRong & inri: Selections from the Three Shadows Collection”, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing



“RongRong & inri: The Power of Ruins. Between Destruction and Construction”, Casa Asia, Madrid and Barcelona, Spain

Ruins to Renewal: Works by RongRong & inri, SF Cameraworks, San Francisco, USA

From Six Mile Village to Three Shadows New Works by RongRong and inri, ThreeShadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing



RongRong & inri, Rencontres d’ Arles, France



Liulitun, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA

The Third Space, Alexander Ochs Gallerie, Berlin, Germany



Beyond, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA



Tui-Transfiguration: The Image World of RongRong and inri, Dashangzi Art district, Beijing, China

Group Exhibitions


“Hanart 100: Idiosyncrasies”,Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China

“CHINA ARTE BRASIL”Oca Sao Paulo, Brasil



“All you need is Love” 10th Anniversary Exhibition・Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Collection Exhibition 2013 : “The Aesthetics of Photography”,Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

“New Framework” Chinese Avant-garde Photography 1980s-90s. Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong, China.

“How Far――Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Photography”,SongZhuang Art Center,Beijing,China

“Portrait of the Times―30 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art”,Power Station of Art,ShangHai,China



WORLD BOUNDARY: Three Realms & Ten Directions Exhibition,Echigo-Tsumari Japan

To Walk Alone: Contemporary Chinese Photography, Toyko Photo, Tokyo, Japan

Passing Through Memory, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum Opening Exhibition ,Suzhou Jinji Lake Museum, Suzhou, China.

Transformation: A View on Chinese Contemporary Art,İ陳齡anbul Modern,Turkey “Love” 10th Anniversary Exhibition・Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan



“Interconnected: Selections from the Three Shadows Collection”, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing

“New Photography from China”, Getty Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA

“Staging Action: Performance in Photography since 1960”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA



Third Guangdong International Biennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou”Europalia―International Art Festival”, Brussels Art Museum, Belgium



Right Hand, Left Hand―Couples in Contemporary Art, MOCA Shanghai2008 Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu.Korea

LASST HUNDERT BLUMEN BLÜ粐氾N Der Dresdner Kunstverein

“DIOR & CHINESE ARTISTS”, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing



Convection, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, ChinaNet: Reimiganing Space, Time and Culture, CHAMBERS FINE ART BEIJING



Inner Scopes, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China

Intimate Beijing-Photography exhibition (China-Japan-Netherlands), 706 Factory, Beijing, China

Another world – photography from China, Lukas Feichtner Gallery, Vienna, Austria



About Beauty, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany



5th Shanghai Biennale-Techniques of the Visible, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

All Under Heaven, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen, Belgium Le moine et le demon: Art Contemporain Chinois, Musé怨 Art Contemporain Lyon, France



A Strange Heaven, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech

Chinart, Museum Kuppersmuhle Sammlung Grothe, Duisburg, Germany; Museo Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Italy; Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary



Dream 02, Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK

Beijing Afloat, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing, China



Cross Pressures, Oulu City Art Museum, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland Chinese Contemporary Photography, Galerie Steinek-Halle, Vienna, Austria