Tianqiutao Chen is an artist and educator working in both China and the United States. Chen earned a BFA in Photography from Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and he received an MFA in Photography and an MA in Art + Design Education from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Additionally, Chen was awarded a Certificate in Collegiate Teaching in Art + Design also from RISD.
Chen’s artistic practice and research draws upon diverse aspects of photography and visual literacy. He is committed to three models of practice: experimenting with photographic appropriation of vernacular imagery in the digital age, exploring participatory documentary practice for social justice, and investigating the efficacy and integration of both the visual and the verbal in both artistic and educational contexts. Chen’s practice is expanded through the development of visual storytelling that utilizes photobooks, moving image and audio production. Additionally, Chen has a special research focus on the history and contemporary practice of Chinese Photography.
Chen’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, including the ClampArt, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Beijing Minsheng Art Museums and the Taipei International Photo Festival. Chen’s project “Aspirations of Migrant Children” created in Beijing was awarded “Discovery of the year” from International Photography Awards China in 2014. His recent body of work “The Last Post” won the Lucie Photobook Prize in the Independent Category in 2017.