Nie Zhengjie: Urban Farmers
3 July – 31 August 2014
Urban Farmers was the first UK solo exhibition of Nie Zhengjie, 2012 winner of the Liverpool John Moores Painting Prize China. Nie was the second prize winner to exhibit at CFCCA, and was invited for a two month residency to coincide with the exhibition. The artist explored the notion of migrant workers as a vital force in the rapid development and modernisation of cities which cannot grow without them; yet they are a group often under-represented and rarely featured in the media. Urban Farmers coincided with the opening of the John Moores Painting Prize 2014 final exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery, as part of Liverpool Biennial.
Nie was born in 1982 in Yunnan province and graduated in 2006 from the Oil Painting Department of the Chongqing University. He currently lives and teaches in Chongqing. In 2014, Nie was invited to CFCCA as an artist-in-residence from 1 June to 31 July.
Nie was the 2012 winner of the John Moores Painting Prize China, the best-known painting competition in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1957, the prize was launched in China in 2010 as a collaboration between the John Moores Foundation and the Shanghai University of Fine Arts College. Nie won the award for his painting Being, which illustrated the personal narratives of labour migrants in China.