Unlike many of the first generation of Chinese contemporary photographers whose photographs are technically documentation of performances and installations, Chen Wei (b. 1980, in Chinese 陈维) and his contemporaries are giving the voice back to the medium and forging their idiosyncratic languages that are informed and inspired by western masters like Jeff Wall, Cindy Sherman, Gregory Crewdson, etc.
With cinematic settings, Chen Wei’s photos reveal dreamscapes that capture impossible movement in everyday life and residues of histories. Modern and contemporary literatures have served as his reference and inspiration.
Chen has exhibited extensively around the world, including Seoul Museum of Art, Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Poznan Biennale, etc. Commissioned by prestigious fashion and art magazines such as FHM and LEAP, Chen has produces a few projects that bring together conceptual photography and fashion design, featuring products by Bottega Veneta, LV, and Prada, among many others.
Chen Wei was awarded the 1st Asia Pacific Photography Prize at ShContemporary Art Fair, in Shanghai, in 2011. A solo exhibition of his was presented in Yokohama Creative City Center (YCC), in Yokohama, Japan, in October 2011.
For more works and projects by the artist, download the portfolio in pdf.
CHEN WEI: TIGHT ROPE, Yokohama Creativecity Center, 2011 [exhibition view, download in pdf]
SWEET DREAMS (ARE MADE OF THIS), LEO XU PROJECTS, 2011 [exhibition view]
Ten Magazine, “Ten Artists to Meet: Chen Wei”, October 2011 [download pdf]
NOT Magazine, “Who is Chen Wei” by Whiterabbit, October 2011 [download pdf]
Modern Weekly, Annual Book, “Rising Culture: Abstract Speed”, p154-155, December 2011 [download pdf]
Modern Weekly, A Plus: special art supplement, cover, December 2011 [download pdf]
Le Monde diplomatique, Illustration, April 2012 [download pdf]