Zhang Wei & Hu Fang

Founders of multidisciplinary Vitamin Creative Space, based in Guangzhou and Beijing

Positioned somewhere between independent space and commercial gallery, Zhang and Hu’s Vitamin Creative Space continues to plough its own furrow (their Mirrored Gardens complex outside Guangzhou promotes ‘a kind of farming-oriented life practice’; a Beijing research hub and social space, meanwhile, is dedicated to ‘the issue of awareness and energy’). Gallery artist Cao Fei this summer became the first Chinese artist to have a solo show at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, while Vitamin’s commitment to finding new ways of living as much as selling was reiterated when Hu turned up at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt in April to discuss ‘alternative conditions for living together’. Similar sentiments were expressed in Danh Vo’s solo exhibition at the Mirrored Gardens, ‘a space grown out of anything the artist has chanced upon or anything that has found its way to the artist’, and a long-awaited solo show by Chu Yun opened this month.