She is part of the collective exhibition L’ALTRE UBIC. MIGRACIONS DEL COS FRAGMENTAT, with the project Here We Are.
Mengwen Cao is a photographer, multimedia artist, and cultural organizer. She was born and raised in China and currently based in New York. She is Project Manager at Magnum Foundation and the Visuals Editor at ChinaFile. As a queer immigrant, she uses care and tenderness to explore spaces between race, gender, and cultural identity. As a board member of Authority Collective and a co-funder of Chinese Storytellers, she is fighting to make more space for diverse narratives and perspectives in the media industry.
Her projects have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, The Guardian, Vox, the Atlantic, and Tencent. she participated in international exhibitions like Photoville, Jimei Arles, Lianzhou Foto Festival. Mengwen graduated from the New Media Narratives and Documentary Practice program at the International Center of Photography. She received NLGJA’s Excellence in Photojournalism Award in 2019.