Born and raised in China, Mengwen Cao is a photographer, videographer, and multimedia producer based in New York. Their recent work investigates the in-between space of race, gender, and cultural identity. Their projects have been featured in The New York Times, NPR, Mashable, BUST, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Sina, Tencent, and other publications. They have participated in international exhibitions like Photoville, Jimei Arles, and Lianzhou Foto Festival.

Cao was a 2018 fellow at the Magnum Foundation and was selected for the 2018 Lit List and 2019 PDN 30 new and emerging photographers to watch. They graduated from New Media Narratives and Documentary Practice program at the International Center of Photography in 2017.

(Preferred pronouns: She/They)

Last Updated: September 10, 2019



Thwarted at Home, Can China’s Feminists Rebuild a Movement Abroad?

Shen Lu & Mengwen Cao
A small number of China’s feminist movement’s influential thinkers and organizers have relocated overseas, in search of an environment more hospitable to their activism. Today, though their numbers are relatively small, they have succeeded in...