My name is Ruben Lundgren. I'm a photographer and curator based in Beijing since 2007. I used to work as one half of the photographers duo WassinkLundgren. Projects include Empty Bottles (2007) and Tokyo Tokyo (2010). Our work develops from small observations or humorous twists of situations from everyday life. The starting point is usually a social interest in the world around us, but equally interesting is how the medium of photography can deform reality. A retrospect of our work has been shown at FOAM photography museum in 2013. In recent years I work as a freelance photo journalist at De Volkskrant and a few other news media.

Apart from being a photographer I also curate shows and edit books. Together with Martin Parr I co-edited The Chinese Photobook (2015). Recently I curated a show with Timothy Prus using Chinese vernacular food photography titled Anything That Walks (2018).

My projects are held in various private and public collections and have also been exhibited at international galleries and museums including FOAM photography museum (Amsterdam), The Archive of Modern Conflict (London) and Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (Beijing).

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Can you ask me something?

Sure you can. There are a few questions that have been asked to me before, you might be lucky to find your question below. If not, feel free to send me a message.

Why China?

I've had an interest in China since my bachelor degree study. The first time I visited the country was in January 2005 with the excuse of a graduation project. I started my master studies at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2007 mainly out of curiosity. It felt like jumping in a swimming pool without being able to swim, but in some kind of way it felt pretty good. Misunderstandings between the West and China are fascinating to me. After my study photography I build up a social and professional network that felt like home, so I stayed.

How tall am I?

I am 200 cm tall. And no, I dont play basketball and the weather is fine up here. Check this

Can I organize an exhibition with your works?

Yes of course. I would be happy to work with you to create a bespoke exhibition. For an impression of previous designs and available concepts, view different examples within the exhibitions section on this site. For more information about available exhibitions and artist fee (I do have to pay my rent) please submit a message at the contact page.

Do I also give talks?

I do. I love discussing my own projects as well as projects I have curated in the past. One of my favorite topics is the Chinese Photobook history. I can seriously talk about it for hours.

Ruben Lundgren

 

b. 1983, Hilversum, the Netherlands

 

Education

2007 - 2011
Central Academy of Fine Arts, MA Photography, Beijing, PR China

2001 - 2005
Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, BA Photography, Utrecht, The Netherlands


Selected exhibitions

 

2018
Anything that walks, vernacular food photography from China, JimeixArles photofestival, Xiamen, China
Hlleo?, Artu space, Beijing, China

2017
Brokenice: 160118 - 170811, JimeixArles photofestival, Xiamen, China

2016
The Chinese Photobook, Lianzhou Photofestival, Lianzhou, China


2015
The Chinese Photobook, The Photographers Gallery, London
The Chinese Photobook, Ullens Contemporary Center for Art, Beijing
The Chinese Photobook, Aperture, New York
Festival Circulations, Centquatre, Paris

2014
L'art Sel Livre, Musée des Beaux Arts, Switzerland
Post Photography, Pékin Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing
The Chinese Photobook, Les Rencontres d'Arles, France
Art Brussels, Marion de Canniere, Antwerp (art fair)
Photo Shanghai, Pékin Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing (art fair)

2013
A different kind of order, International Center of Photography, New York
Don't Smile Now... Save it for Later! Montréal Arts Interculturels, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Canada
Unseen Photo Fair, Lucid-Ly Project Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (art fair) (solo)
Dual Perspectives. Gallery Marion de Cannière, Antwerp, Belgium
One Group Show, Suzhou Jinji Lake Museum of Art, curated by Feng Boyi, Suzhou, China (solo)
One Group Show, Foam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)

2012
Singles, Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing (solo)
Paris Photo, Pékin Fine Arts, Paris, France (art fair)
Unseen Photo Fair, Van Zoetendaal Collections, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (art fair) (solo)
Fotodok, Flatland Gallery, Utrecht
The Dutch Photobook, Dutch Photo Museum, Rotterdam
State of the Art Photography, NRW Forum, Dusseldorf
Uncommon Ground, Flowers Gallery, London

2011
Tokyo Tokyo, Huis voor de Beeldcultuur, Breda, The Netherlands (solo)
Other I, Hotshoe Gallery, London
Hinterhalt, Kuenstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany
CAFA Excellent students, aaaaaaao~, CAFA Museum, Beijing, China
Neko Jita, Tokyo Tokyo, Quartair, The Hague, The Netherlands
Dutch Doc Awards, Tokyo Tokyo, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Empty Bottles, Quad, Format Festival, Derby, United Kingdom
Tokyo Tokyo, Van Zoetendaal Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)

2010
China, New Media Art, China Academy Awards, Nanjing, China
Water, Caochangdi PhotoSpring, Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing, China
We Are The World, Dutch Culture Centre, World Expo, Shanghai, China
Quick Scan, Dutch Photo Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Don't Smile Now... Save it for Later! De Balie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)

2009
We Are The World, Three Shadows Photography Art Space, Beijing, China
About Now, Message Salon Downtown, Zurich, Switzerland
Parrworld, Baltic, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Parrworld, Jeu de Paume, Paris
Don't Smile Now... Save it for Later! Photofestival Naarden, The Netherlands
Animalism, National Media Museum, Bradford, United Kingdom
Lu Xiao Ben, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China (solo)
PRINTED MATTER from the Collection, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

2008
Other Asias, Nolias Gallery, London, United Kingdom
India Express, De Balie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
GD4ART, Bologna, Italy
Parrworld, Designmuseum, Breda, The Netherlands
MA Degree Show, Central Saint Martins, London, United Kingdom
Chinese Biennial, Beijing, PR China
The Tomorrow People, Elevator Gallery, London, United Kingdom
New Typologies, New York Photo Festival, New York (USA)
Parrworld, Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany
FW: Pages, book exhibition, Rotterdam (NL) and Budapest (H)

2007
Fw: Miscellaneous, SBK, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Empty Bottles, Foam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
34,5 m2 - WassinkLundgren, De Balie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)

2006
De: Amsterdam, L'espace Bellevaux, Lausanne, Switzerland
Teen Facts in Beeld, Science Center NEMO, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Foto Drukwerk, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Publications
 

2018

MeNu

Hlleo?

 

2015

The Chinese Photobook (second edition)

The Chinese Photobook (first edition)


2013
Reproductions
Hits

2012
Tout Paris

2011
Aaaaaao~

2010
Tokyo Tokyo
Lu Xiaoben

2009
Portfolio

2008
Empty Bottles (Chinese Edition)
Hans Kemna: Catalogue

2007
Empty Bottles (second edition)
Empty Bottles (first edition)

2006
WassinkLundgren is still searching

2005
Sint Gregoriushuis
Shanghai Forest


Awards and nominations


2014
Best Independent Photo Exhibition, Lishui Photo Festival, China

2013
Paul Huf Award nomination, Foam Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2012
Paul Huf Award nomination, Foam Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2011
Kees Scherer Award, short listed for best photobook 2009/2010, Naarden, The Netherlands
Dutch Doc Award short listed, best documentary project of 2010, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Flash Forward UK winner, Canada
Paul Huf Award nomination, Foam Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2010
China Academy Award
Photography Now Award
Work grant, the Netherlands Foundation for Fine Arts (Fonds BKVB), for exhibition in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou

2009
Thieme Art Award, nomination, Art Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Work grant, the Netherlands Foundation for fine Arts (Fonds BKVB)
Work grant, Sem Presser Foundation

2008
Nomination for best book 2007/2008 by Thomas Weski, Kasseler Fotoforum
Incentive grant, the Netherlands Foundation for fine Arts (Fonds BKVB)

2007
Work grant, the Netherlands Foundation for fine Arts (Fonds BKVB)
Prix du Livre for Empty Bottles, Arles, France
Nomination for GD4ART International Competition, Italy

2006
European Newspaper Award (front page) for the Festival cover of Amsterdam Weekly

2005
Incentive grant, the Netherlands Foundation for fine Arts (Fonds BKVB)
Nomination 'Piet Bakker prijs', Utrecht School of the Arts
Nomination 'Kunstanjers', Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds

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