Born, Kunming, China. Lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa.
Xin Cheng likes to walk, and do stuff around making by hand, ecology, conviviality. While living in Hamburg from 2016-2019 she hosted performative talks and workshops on everyday resourcefulness in Berlin, Sheffield, Mexico City; befriended dancers, film-makers, philosophers, junk traders; wrote stories for hainamana.com; made books with Materialverlag and organised a multidisciplinary show on rubber trails. Returning to Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland before a virus changed the world, she is happy to continue her making-do(ing) with old and new friends.
Her works have been shown in public galleries throughout Aotearoa and at International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno (Czech Republic), Sprint Milano (Italy), Frappant Galerie (Hamburg). She has done residencies in Norway, Taiwan, Cambodia, Switzerland, Korea, Japan. She was previously a co-director of the artist-run-space RM, Auckland and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Hamburg University of Fine Arts (Germany), and studied ecology, psychology and fine arts at the University of Auckland.
Xin Cheng has been commissioned to create a new artwork for the 2022 Aotearoa Art Fair with generous support from Yu Mei. The work will be installed and presented in the Yu Mei Lounge at 8 Kent Street, Newmarket, Auckland 1023.
Image: Xin Cheng, Suburban Water Bodies (2021) digital video, silent (2 mins 37 secs). Image courtesy of the artist.