Zhongkai Li is an educator, artist, designer, publisher, and gallery owner. His work blends impermanence with history, continuous contemplative image-making, and garden-related research that focuses on the essence of objectness, which directly leads to his interest in prototypes. Li holds an MFA degree from the Yale School of Art and a BFA degree from the Central Academy of Fine Arts. Li established IS A GALLERY in Shanghai in 2021 to engage local and international creatives and scholars with a bottom-up, local, decentralized, and open attitude. He also runs the publication platform Book the Book and the design studio Universal Surface.
Zhengzhong Pan is an award-winning graphic designer based in Shanghai. He currently operates a graphic design studio with Xue Wen. Founded in 2017, Studio BIBLIOGRAPHY engages in multi-disciplinary visual communication. With an interest in youth culture, art, and technology, BIBLIOGRAPHY focuses on creating new visual experiences, providing new perspectives, and exploring the boundaries of communication.
Ziming Lin graduated from the School of Arts and Humanities at the China Academy of Art with a specialization in visual culture and art curation. She mainly engages in textual work in the fields of art and design. Lin also curated and participated in several exhibitions and branding projects.
Matthew Schwager holds an M.A. in Experimental Digital Media from the University of Waterloo. His writing has appeared in the Georgia Review, Bright Lights Film Journal, First Person Scholar, and other publications. Schwager organizes and edits QUEER ROOM, the gallery’s platform for showcasing international queer practitioners in art, writing, and design.
Joshua Hanson has diverse interests in computer science, linguistics, music, business, and philosophy. He holds degrees in Business, Chinese Language, and International Relations. He is currently a master’s degree candidate in computer science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ruini Zhou holds a master's degree in Cultural Relics and Museums from Shanghai University. She has worked for the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and Pacific Region under UNESCO, the Hunan Antique Archaeology Institute, and the Cultural Relics Protection Lab in the Department of Cultural Heritage and Museology at Fudan University.
Andong Zheng was born in Hefei, China in 1992. He graduated from Tongji University with a Bachelor of Engineering in 2016 and received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2019. Working primarily with photography, Zheng’s work focuses on a range of issues examining the rapid shift of the social landscape, self-identity, and cultural integration in the context of globalization. Zheng now lives and works in Shanghai, China.
Mac is a designer based in Shanghai via New York City and Providence, RI. He holds a BFA in graphic design from RISD, at which he co-curated Endless Scroll, the 2019 graphic design senior show, and From Pictogram to Software, an exhibition and workshop about Chinese typography. Since graduation, Mac has worked as an editor for Synoptic Office’s Chinese Type Archive, some of which has been presented at Letterform Archive and Typographics 2020.