ArtPhoto Bcn 2022

Photential’s proposal for ArtPhoto futures some images from ongoing Series “Liminal Space” by China born, New York City (US) based photographer, artist and educator Mengwen Cao represented by Photential. Curated by Vicenç Boned.

Barcelona, Spain

8-11 September 2022


“Liminal Space” uses tender gaze to explore the quotidian beauty and intimacy of QTPOC (queer and trans people of color) lives. Joy and resilience exist in everyday life. The project highlights intimacy and challenges sensational representation of QTPOC lives in the media. In quiet moments, we keep becoming.


Mengwen Cao is a photographer, artist and educator. Born and raised in China, they are currently based in New York.

As a queer immigrant, they use care and tenderness to explore spaces between race, gender, and cultural identity. As a board member of Authority Collective and a founding member of Chinese Storytellers, they are championing diverse narratives and perspectives in the media industry.

Their projects have been featured in publications like Aperture, The New York Times, NPR, Mashable, BUST, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Sina, Tencent. They have participated in international exhibitions like Photoville, Jimei Arles, Lianzhou Foto Festival.

Mengwen graduated from the New Media Narratives and Documentary Practice program at the International Center of Photography. They received NLGJA’s Excellence in Photojournalism Award in 2019. They were recognised by The Lit List in 2018, PDN 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch.


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