Birdhead (est. 2004) is a well-known contemporary artist group composed of two artists Song Tao (b.1979) and Ji Weiyu (b.1980) who were born and live in Shanghai. They both graduated from Shanghai Art & Design Academy.
Birdhead's early works mostly used teasing and subjective perspectives to record Shanghai's real urban daily life through a large number of snap photos, which made Birdhead a very representative local artist group in Shanghai. The artistic practice of Birdhead is based on photographs but also beyond the philosophy of photography. Capturing all the beings around them, Birdhead digests and applies the thinking mode of conceptual art into the context of their image interpretation. In recent years, Birdhead has increasingly emphasized the installation properties of the work, and has made a rich exploration in materials and forms, constantly breaking people's traditional understanding of photography. By combining the photographic matrix, collage, particular mounting technique and so on, Birdhead delivers a “Birdhead world” in various exhibition spaces and humanistic environment.
Birdhead has been internationally presented at: Welcome to Birdhead World Again - Lianzhou, Lianzhou Museum of Photography, Lianzhou (2019); Living Cities,Tate Modern, London, U.K. (2017); The 7th edition Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Shenzhen (2017); How to Gather? Acting in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia, The 6th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia (2015); Welcome to Birdhead World Again, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai (2015); New Photography 2012, MoMA, New York, U.S.A. (2012); Reactivation, The 9th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2012); Illuminations, The 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2011); Artist File 2011, The NACT Annual Show of Contemporary Art, National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan (2011); Birdhead: New Village, EX3 Centro per l'arte Contemporanea Firenze, Florence, Italy (2011); The World of Other's: A Contemporary Art Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (2008); China Power Station II, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway (2007) etc.
Birdhead were also nominated for the inaugural Hugo Boss Asia Art Award in 2013.
Birdhead’s works have been internationally collected by: Tate Modern London, U.K.; MoMA New York, U.S.A.; UCCA Foundation, Beijing; Wemhoner Collection, Germany; The Margulies Collection, U.S.A.; Astrup Fearnley Museum, Norway and so on.