Wake Up Together

15 November 2018 – 17 February 2019

Ren Hang’s photos play upon our sense of touch and the way that our bodies interact, both with our surroundings and each other. He often photographed his friends in Beijing, posed nude in domestic, urban and natural surroundings. His images are charged with a playful freedom to experiment. The fearlessness with which people present their naked selves in his images attracted the attention of Chinese authorities, who deemed the work to be pornographic.

As well as practising photography, Ren wrote poetry that sought to express the depression he felt, whilst also locating fleeting snapshots of same-sex intimacy. The exhibition title, Wake Up Together, is an excerpt from the body of work he produced throughout his lifetime. He took his own life in February 2017.

The exhibition of Ren Hang’s work has been organised with Stieglitz19, Belgium.


Further information:
  • Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10.30 am to 5.30 pm; closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays)
  • This is  free exhibition
  • Location: Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 1BP; Tel: 0151 236 6768; email: info@openeye.org.uk 
  • How to get there: Walking – the Gallery is located at the heart of the Liverpool Waterfront, a short walk from the Liverpool One shopping centre and the Albert Dock; By train –  20-minute walk from Lime Street station – Liverpool’s mainline railway station; James Street station, served by Wirral Line trains, is a two minute walk. Moorfields station, served by the Northern and Wirral Lines, is a five-minute walk; By Bus – the nearest bus station is at Liverpool ONE, but some buses drop off at the Pier Head, right next door to the gallery; By Ferry– a two-minute walk from the Pier Head Ferry Terminal; By Car – follow the brown signs to the Waterfront. The nearest multi-storey car park is Q-Park at Liverpool ONE, 35 Strand Street, Liverpool, L1 8LT