Song Dong was born in 1966 in Beijing, China. He graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Capital Normal
University in 1989. He currently lives and works in Beijing.
He started his artistic career in the early 1990s,
and he also organized contemporary art exhibitions and events. His work reveals
the impermanence and the transience of human endeavor, ranging from performance
and video to photography, theater, and sculpture. Song explores the intricate
connection between life and art with the light of an Eastern wisdom.
Song has presented his solo
shows at the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Yerba Buena
Center for the Arts. He has
participated in numerous international exhibitions, including Documenta, the Venice
Biennale, the Sao Paolo Biennale, the Gwangju Biennale, the Istanbul Biennale,
the Liverpool Biennial, the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, the Guangzhou
Triennial, the Taipei Biennale, the Moscow Biennale, and the Worldwide Video
Festival. His most important works include Water Diary, Breathing, Stamping the Water, Touching My Father, Broken
Mirror, Crumpling Shanghai, Eating the City, Waste Not, and Intelligence
of the Poor.
In 2014, Song Dong won the Outstanding
Achievement Award at the Contemporary Chinese Art Awards. In 2012, he was named
the Power 100 of Chinese Contemporary Art: Artist of the Year and he received the
First Kiev International Biennale Award. In 2011, he received the San Francisco
Certificate of Honor. In 2010, he was named Artist of the Year (Video and
Installation) at the Artron Art China (AAC) Awards). In 2006, he received the
Grand Award at the Gwangju Biennale, and in 2000, he was also recognized as an UNESCO
/ ASCHBERG Bursary Laureate.