You A’da,  Human house flight , 2019. Image Still. Courtesy of MARTIN GOYA BUSINESS

You A’da, Human house flight, 2019. Image Still. Courtesy of MARTIN GOYA BUSINESS


>> Presented by Cheng Ran (winner of the inaugural Nomura Emerging Artist Award)

Martin Goya Business, founded by the artist Cheng Ran, is a new platform for artistic experimentations in Hangzhou. Unlike a commercial gallery or an art museum, it intends to function as an alternative space to fill the gap between a conventional gallery and a non-profit organisation. Martin Goya Business is committed to encouraging and supporting local young artists and their new approaches, experiments or researches. The aim is to create diverse artistic practices, to set and develop the agendas of artist-led platforms, and to propose a new kind of relationship between art and commerce. As a result, it refuses to be dominated by excessive commercialisation and meaningless trendsetting.

Cheng Ran (winner of the inaugural Nomura Emerging Artist Award) exhibits his own video work along with a hand-picked selection of young artists from China: ChillChill & Alex Wang, You A’da, Wenxin Zhang, PAPAPEPIA.

Cheng Ran was born in 1981 in Inner Mongolia and now lives and works in Hangzhou, China, makes film and video work rooted in many forms of storytelling, including literature, poetry, and cinema from both Western and Chinese canons. In 2017 he had his first major museum solo show outside of China with his exhibition “Diary of a Madman” at the New Museum in New York.

Prizes: Emerging Artist Award by the Nomura Art Award in 2019, Young Artist of the Year by the AAC art China in 2015, nominated for the first edition of the OCAT & Pierre Huber Art Prize in 2014 and the Absolut Art Award in 2013, awarded Best Video Artist by the art magazine Radian in 2011.

Tuesday 15 October 6pm: Cheng Ran will perform “Tattoo Station”

>> Meet Cheng Ran on Saturday 19 October, 2-3pm @ASIA NOW 2019 - Chat Room