Cheng Ran, still from Diary of a Madman - New York, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist and CFCCA.

Cheng Ran: Diary of a Madman – Manchester Plan, New Bees

Cheng Ran is a video artist working and living in Hangzhou, China. His latest work Diary of a Madman – Manchester Plan, New Bees, is a multi-channel installation filmed entirely in Greater Manchester and is the outcome of a short residency with Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) earlier this year.

Interested in the idea of ‘otherness’, Cheng uses cinematic techniques to look at the ways we experience new cities and their unfamiliar geographies and living spaces. His first solo exhibition in the UK explores the city of Manchester from the perspective of a visitor and a stranger, drawing attention to the myths and fabrications that inform our understanding of place.

“Cheng’s Diary of a Madman series, is an ongoing project that was initially developed during a residency at the New Museum in New York in 2016 followed by two further chapters in Tel Aviv and Hong Kong. We are delighted to have collaborated with Cheng Ran on this exciting new chapter that links with the city and people of Manchester,” said CFCCA’s Senior Curator Marianna Tsionki.

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Exhibition Preview: Thursday 24 October, 6-8pm
Exhibitions dates: Friday 25 October 2019 – Sunday 19 January 2020 Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Venue: Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester


Cheng Ran: Diary of a Madman, Manchester Plan is a co-commission between the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, videoclub and the University of Salford Art Collection.

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