Lin Zhipeng (林志鹏), aka 223

Lin Zhipeng is born in Guangdong province, China and graduated from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies with major of financial English. Lin is a photographer and freelance writer based in Beijing. He constructed a blog entitled North Latitude 23 with millions views and posted his personal photographs and words on it. He has contributed to numerous creative and fashion magazines as editor and writer and has produced photo shoots for magazines such as Vice, S magazine, VISION, iLOOK, City Pictorial, etc and brands such as United Nude, Converse, Nike, Glaceau Vitamin Water, Bacardi, etc. He also produced video works such as SANSAR, SCENE, Xanthium, etc. Since 2005 he began his self-publish project. So far he has included three volumes of photography entitled My Private Broadway, two volumes personal zines entitled VERSATILE, and independent creative magazine project TOO Magazine. In 2012 he published a photography works collection entitled NO.223 in Taiwan, and a personal travel book entitled SATELLITE OF LOVE in China. In 2016 he published a photography book HIDDEN TRACK in France. His photography works were included in 3030:NEW PHOTOGRAPHY IN CHINA, Elephant, Back to Black & White, Asian Creatives, etc.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016
No.223, de Sarthe Beijing Gallery, Beijing (China)
Hidden Track, Stieglitz19 Gallery, Antwerp (Belgium)

2014
223, Loppis Galleria, Parma (Italy)
青红皂白 Velvet Pogo, Kui Yuan Gallery, Guangzhou (China)

2013
蜜桃 The Peaches, ATTIC, Taipei (Taiwan)

2008
我派对 Me Party, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing (China)
时光成分 Composition In Time, GZOP Lab, Guangzhou (China)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
遇见森山大道 Meet Daido Moriyama, Aoman Space, Beijing (China)
坦白·猝不及防的九场自拍实验 Illuminate Your Beauty, UCCA, Beijing (China)
BredaPhoto International Photofestival, Breda (Netherlands)

2015
Teetering at The Edge of The World-Reading the Chinese Contemporary, Espacio de Arte Contemporeáno (EAC), Montevideo (Uruguay)
This is not China anymore, GuatePhoto International Photography Festival, Antigua (Guatemala)
图像新潮 Coming Image, curated by LEAP, Photo shanghai (China)
首届长江国际影像双年展 Changjiang International Image Biennale, Chongqing (China)

2014
Collab#1 curated by Now&Them, The Gallery,Shanghai (China)
No.223, 10th Lianzhou International Photography Festival, Lianzhou (China)
XXX, BANK Gallery, Shanghai (China)
Chinese spring #2, Stieglitz19 Gallery, Antwerp (Belgium)

2013
Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
不合作方式2 FUCK OFF 2, Groninger Museum (Netherlands)
Exposure, London Gallery West (UK)
平等的关系 Equal Relationships, Blindspot Gallery, Hongkong.

2012
宓爱 Secret Love,OSTASIATISKA MUSEET Skeppsholmen (Sweden)
每一天 Everyday, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai (China)
Unspecified Urban Site, RH Gallery, NewYork (USA)
ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE, White Gloss Gallery. Los Angels (USA)
I have also other favorites, Stacion Gallery, Prishtina (Turkish)

2011
蚯蚓-连州国际摄影节 Earthworm, Lianzhou Foto 2011 (China)
白痴 dAfT,Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai (China)
Chinese Spring #1, Stieglitz19 Gallery, Antwerp (Belgium)
Boys' Little World,ZEN FOTO Gallery,Tokyo (Japan)
一重影事 Recurrent Shadows, Hexiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen (China)
万相 MYRIAD VISIONS, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing (China)
Art Amsterdam 2011 (Netherlands)
GTZ Photography Workshop 2011, Berlin, (Germany)

2010
5PRCITY, United Nude Miami, Miami (USA)
Get It Louder Exhibition, touring exhibition, venues in Shanghai & Beijing (China)
首届集美国际当代艺术节 The First International Contemporary Art Festival of China Jimei, Xiamen (China)
草场地摄影季 Caochangdi Photo Spring 2010: ARLES IN BEIJING, Beijing (China)
Box II: The Cruelty of Youth, White Space Collection, New York City (USA)

2009
LINEART Fair at Flanders Expo Gent (Belgium)
China Now –The Edge of Desire, Max Lang, New York (USA)
我,我见 I, I SEE- Southern Pocket Film festival, Guangzhou (China)

2008
连州国际摄影节 Youth Appearance, 4th Lianzhou International Photography Festival, Lianzhou (China)
变形记 Metamorphosis, Art Scene China, Shanghai (China)
潜活:公寓日志 Hidden Life: Apartment Diary, Lin & Keng Gallery, Beijing (China)
FotoGrafia International Festival, Rome (Italy)
New Photography In China, City Festival (Hong Kong)

2007
抽样 Sampling: Chinese Young Photographers, Potential Gallery, Beijing (China)
刷新 Refresh: Emerging Chinese Artists, touring exhibition, ZendaiMoMA, Shanghai, China; ARARIO Gallery, Beijing (China)
Get It Louder Exhibition, touring exhibition, venues in Guangzhou, Shanghai & Beijing (China)

2006
自私-连州国际摄影节 Selfhood – Absent Minded , First Lianzhou International Photography (China)

2005
平遥国际摄影节 Five New Generation Photographers, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao (China)

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Bibliography

My Private Broadway-223's photobook 2, self published, Guangzhou, 2006
John Millichap (ed), 3030: New Photography in China, 3030 Press, Hong Kong, 2006
Jifan Wong & Cong, I like the city with a bit distance, Rice magazine, Guangzhou, July 2006
Joe Magliaro, ‘223’, Theme Magazine, New York, issue 11, fall, 2007
Cynthia, ‘Creative Forces in Beijing’, Milk, Hongkong, August, 2008
Xu Jinglei, ‘Lin Zhipeng Q&A’, Wallpaper.com, September 25, 2008
Sarah Fakray, ‘New faces of Beijing’, Dazed&Confused, London, December, 2008
Nicki Xiao, ‘The Third Eye on Fashion’, Design 360°, Hong Kong, N.20, March 2009
Pinko, ‘Adolescence is the most creative periods’, The Outlook Magazine, China, July 2010
My Private Broadway-223's Photobook 3, Self Published, Beijing, 2011
Mino, 'Intimate Bodies Through Lens, Surface, China, June 2011
Tristan Chen, "22.3 questions about No.223", Fashion China, China, Nov.2011
Versatile#1, Self-published, Beijing, April 2012
223, From China With Love, Bare Bones, London, Issue 9, 2012
No.223, Published by Revolution-star, Taiwan, May 2012
Travis, The Simple Connection between Photography And Sexual, PPAPER, Taiwan, June 2012
Lili Chien, Artist's Show Case: No.223, Voices Of Photography, Taiwan, Jul/Aug 2012
Satellite of Love, Published by Guangming Daily Press, Beijing, 2012
Sun Huiting, Imagination, Beijing, 2013
Ubies, Asian Creatives, PIE International Inc. Tokyo, 2013
Versatile#2, Self-published, Beijing, April 2014

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Lin, a former magazine editor at Guangzhou’s entertainment tabloid Modern Weekly, named himself “No. 223” after the lovelorn cop played by Takeshi Kaneshiro in Wong Kar-wai’s cult classicChungking Express. A voracity for international fashion mags led No. 223 to begin snapping his own portraits, turning a Lomo on his circle of friends. Their friendship and desire to see themselves as a part of a global youth culture allowed Lin to capture images that would have been difficult to imagine coming out of China in the not-too-distant past. “A lot of my friends do creative things, so they are probably more open than most. This allows me to photograph them the way I do. They understand what I’m doing,” says Lin.
Magliaro, Joe, ‘223’, Theme Magazine, New York, issue 11, fall, 2007

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“Lin’s works typically have a rough-and-ready feel in which photographic technique is frequently neglected for the sake of compelling immediacy. His subjects seem content to reject all responsibility in pursuit of all-night parties and fashionable indolence.”
Ou Ning, “New Photography and the Media Industry in Guangzhou” in John Millichap, ed., 3030: New Photography in China (Hong Kong: 3030 Press, 2006)

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“Lin’s Works vividly reveal the milieu of the present young generation, which is characterized with a kind of imaginary and whimsical self-entertainment. This is a state of life characterized with consumption, in which they consume both fashion and themselves. He likes to snap the “primary beauty”. This highlighted sense of existential beauty of consuming and being consumed, detached from traditional culture and social common value, is both personal and international – like the web, which is both exhilarating and horrifying.”
Li Xianting, Me Party, exhibition catalogue, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing, July, 2008.

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归纳出223的作品主题是:私人派对snap shot,朋友之间刻意的凹造型,富电影剧照感的pose与个别躯体特写。在这些照片之中,“演出”的成分极高,被摄者似乎都有渴望被拍的意识,并且会随 手拈来不同的现实道具。顾铮曾评价223的作品没有“通过摄影区别自己与他人的野心”,欧宁则评价“他们不太关心外面的世界,只是沉溺在自我的放纵里,甚 至有一点点反智的倾向”。但无论如何,他们都不能否定223的重要性。
李照兴,《潮爆中国》,香港,2008
Bono Lee, Chic China Chic, Hong Kong, 2008

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223’s works explore the new Chinese way of life, allowing the viewer a personal look inside the homes and hang-out spots of teenagers and young adults as they song, smoke, shower, get stoned or brush their teeth. Sometimes they’re naked, still something of a taboo here, but because No.223 self-publishes his photo book, he can fill them with whatever he likes.
Sarah Fakray , “New faces of Beijing”, Dazed&Confused Magazine, London, Issue Dec.2008

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Lin’s works, talk about the story about young, or should say about emotion. Emotion to a thing, to a person, to a story, brings out the inspiration, and directs his photographing motif. Technique is always behind. The key is the real feeling. If not being loved of doing one thing, one can only make it incondite and apathetic.
Nicki Xiao, “The Third “Eye” On Fashion”, Design 360° Magazine, Hong Kong, N.20, March 2009

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Blissfully young and tragically hip, 223 renders visible China’s seductive spaces of pain and pleasure and cool. The saturated colors and glistening bodies, inturn,map the dreamscape of a generation.
JamesValice,艺术界LEAP, April 2011

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I was taken by the work of Lin Zhipeng, a Chinese photographer who goes under the name No 223, and whose edgy, often erotic work is continually censored by the authorities. A former gas works housed a strange selection of undiscovered images, from sexy Chinese art censored by the authorities to a reworked West Side Story.
Sean O'Hagan, "A window on weird: step inside the Unseen Photo fair in Amsterdam" , theguardian.com, 2 Oct. 2013