Hanqing & Mona are UK-based artist duo. They collaborate to make image-based installations in relation to sites of architectural and cultural interest.
Since 2014, their practices have encompassed photography and sculptural objects that transform monochrome print to site-specific installations. Their research interest departs from the philosophical study and refers to the concept of phenomenological space. It is reflected through investigation into urban habitats, public transient space, and historic facades where time and traces layered and remained.
By converting flat images into spatial objects, they use traditional analogue prints (silver gelatin print), and tangible materials (metal, timber, rice paper, etc.) to address a monochrome tone for a sense of emptiness in their work. These features are utilised for depicting the spatial subject. Meanwhile, the shape of the artwork is delicately manipulated in accordance with the exhibition site as well as its natural element such as light and shadow.
Their art practice is an exploration of the tension between time and space, as well as the mode of representation and presentation.
Their work internationally exhibited in countries including UK, USA, France, China, and Korea. They were the winners of Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and their works have been selected and exhibited at including Institute of Contemporary Art (UK), Camden Art Centre (UK), Photo London(UK), Athen Photo (Greece), Deauville Photo (France), OCI Young Creatives (Korea).
They were also selected artists in residency programmes in Deauville (France ), New York (USA), and the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing (China). They both received an MA from the Royal College of Art, London.
Since 2018, Hanqing works as a researcher and PhD candidate at the ECA, University of Edinburgh.