Shanghai Project is pleased to announce the 12 finalists from the Qidian Open Call, who will have the opportunity to exhibit their work together with 12 international artists from 89plus project this September.

As an independent program of the Shanghai Project, Qidian is dedicated to featuring young undiscovered talents across China. For its first edition, we collaborated with 89plus, a long-term international research project co-founded by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets. Investigating the generation of innovators born in or after 1989, Qidian aims to bring together creative individuals of the jiulinghou generation from China and abroad, providing a unique opportunity to present and share thought-provoking ideas.

This year, Qidian received a large number of strong proposals, not only from the field of art, but also design, architecture, music and media technology. An international team of juries, composed of artistic directors Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Yongwoo Lee, curators Simon Castets, Yan Xiaodong, Zhang Hanlu, Sooyoung Leam and artist aaajiao nominated 12 outstanding applicants, whose proposals responded to Shanghai Project’s theme of “Envision 2116” both in creative and critical manners.

The 12 finalists are:

Birth Year
Weiyi Hu胡为一1990Shanghai/Shanghai
Jingying Huang黄晶莹1992Fujian/Shanghai
Shipeng Xu许世鹏1990Liaoning/Shanghai
Ming Ling凌明1989HK/Shanghai
Kai Zhou周恺1990Sichuan/Sichuan
Wei Hu胡伟1989Dalian / Beijing
Bingyi Feng冯冰伊1991Zhejiang/Shanghai
Wenjia Wang王文佳1990Jiangxi/Shanghai
Lifeng Lin林立峰1990Shanxi/Hangzhou
Lewei Huang黄乐玮1994Shanghai/Shanghai
Wei Luo罗苇1989Guangzhou/Beijing
Zi Wang王梓1995Shanxi/Shanghai
89PLUS  finalists
Alex Dolan1990USA
Philip Timischl1989Austria
Tabita Rezaire1989Paris/ French Guyanese-Danish
Bogosi Sekhukhuni1992South Africa
Sarah Abu Abdallah1990Saudi Arabia
Valia Fetisov1989Russia
Zou Zhao1989China
Ho Rui An1990Singapore
Max Hawkins1990USA
Bruno Zhu1991portugal
Alexandro Bava (exh design)1989UK


Congratulations to all finalists and a warm thank you to all those who took part in Qidian.