One Eyeland Photography Awards 2017 FINALIST
ADC 97th Annual Awards MERIT

Luo Yang
22,5 x 27,5 cm
168 pages 
85 photos
English, Mandarin
Hardcover, printed linen
ISBN 978-3-903101-40-1
November 2017

  • Luo Yang


Luo Yang’s GIRLS belong to a part of contemporary China that is rarely taken note of in the West. Her portraits depict an emerging Chinese youth culture that defies imposed expectations and stereotypes: GIRLS are badass and self-aware with a supreme sense of cool, yet also insecure, vulnerable and torn. Underlying tensions and ambivalent emotions lend friction to Luo’s images and deny a conclusive reading. Above all, her work is a testament to her subjects’ individuality. It explores themes of youth and femininity while challenging traditional beliefs about Chinese women. GIRLS thus also reflect a shifting mindset with regard to concepts of femininity and identity in modern China.



12. October – 24. October 2017
Taikoo Li Sanlitun North, No. 11 Sanlitun Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100027

LUO YANG – GIRLS Book presentation
16. November 2017
Raiffeisenbank Wien
Vienna, Michaelerplatz 3, entrance Herrengasse 4 

LUO YANG – GIRLS – Pop-Up Store
17. November 2017
Raiffeisenbank Wien
Vienna, Michaelerplatz 3, entrance Herrengasse 4 

Luo Yang Girls on arte:


Luo Yang

(1984) was born and raised in Liaoning Province in China’s northeast. In 2012, Ai Weiwei pronounced her one of the “rising stars of Chinese photography”. Soon after, she participated in his show FUCK OFF 2 (2013) at the Groninger Museum, The Netherlands. Solo shows in Berlin and Hong Kong have since contributed to her international recognition. In Luo’s work, highly staged portraits and carefully constructed poses alternate with a raw, blurred snapshot aesthetic. Today she lives and works in Beijing and Shanghai as a freelance photographer. 

GIRLS, The Opposite House Beijing & MO-Industries, Beijing, China 2017
GIRLS, MO-Industries, Hong Kong, China 2016
GIRLS, MO-Industries, Berlin, Germany 2016
LUO YANG Photography Exhibition, Tai Kang Top Space, Beijing, China 2009

Poem, Zhong Gallery, Beijing, China 2017
Between Reality and Ideal: 40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography (1976-2017), Three Shadows, Beijing, China 2017
Photographing the Female, Focus Photography Festival, Mumbai, India / Willow School, Gladstone, New Jersey, USA 2017
EVAW Art Exhibition, UN WOMEN, Crossroads Centre, Beijing, China 2016
10 Years Song Zhuang Art Center, Song Zhuang Museum, Beijing, China 2016
Artists Group Exhibition, Stieglitz19, Antwerp, Belgium 2015
Ai Weiwei, Feng Boyi, Mark Wilson: Fuck Off 2, Groninger Museum, The Netherlands 2013
Big Louder, Beijing, China 2011
KIC “Small World” Open Art Exhibition, Shanghai, China 2010
Roca Contemporary Art Exhibition, Xiamen, Fujian, China 2010
Photography Season Beijing, Pasture Land, Beijing, China 2010
Photography Exhibition Lishui, Lishui, Zhejiang, China 2009
Multimedia Short Film Festival, Southern Television, Guangzhou, China 2009
Guangzhou International Photography Biennale, Guangzhou Art Museum, China 2009
Art Photography Exhibition, Beijing Agriculture Exhibition Hall, Beijing, China 2009
Three Shadows Awards Show, Three Shadows Photography Centre, Beijing, China 2009
Seventh Sense, Pingyao International Photography Exhibition, Pingyao, China 2008