Chicken Are Not Naked: Stefanie Schweiger captures impromptu moments of artists' lives

Between January 2014 and 2016, Stefanie Schweiger accompanied and photographed nine Chinese artists for her project, Chicken Are Not Naked. During the two-year period, the German photographer captured a variety of artists' work across the fields of performance art, installation art, visual art, music, dance, theatre, and creative writing.

All images courtesy of the artist. Via Creative Boom submission.

All images courtesy of the artist. Via Creative Boom submission.

The collection of images, including subjects Li Binyuan, Tong Kunniao, Bian Yuan, Dong Dong, Gao Ping, Liu Donghong, Boer, Zhai Yongming, and Gao Yanjinzi, seeks to offer viewers a "nuanced perspective" on the Chinese contemporary art scene.

In an upcoming exhibition, Hong Kong's ZZHK Gallery will present the photographs of Schweiger, alongside anecdotes relating to her journey with the artists, visually mapping out the moments and contexts by combining clippings, texts and printed materials.

Schweiger was born in Gross-Gerau, Germany in 1979. She studied photography under Roger Melis and graduated in 2002 in Berlin. Her work has been published in various magazines in Europe and Asia.

Since moving to China in 2012, Schweiger has experienced mixed and ambivalent feelings toward cultural differences in the restricted political atmosphere.

Stefanie Schweiger, Chicken Are Not Naked runs from 20 April – 26 May 2018. Discover more at


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