Chen Wei
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Chen Wei

b. 1980, Zhejiang province, China

Chen Wei constructs personal narratives using found objects, fabricated props and staged scenes, all of which are meticulously constructed and assembled inside his studio. Evoking recurring motifs, memories and dreams, every image is a fiction and a story in itself. In the fictional scenes of objects, interiors and nocturnal cityscapes, Chen exposes the psychological and socio-political characters of contemporary China: collective yearning for betterment, disillusionment of consumerist desires, and a nostalgia for a haphazardly erased past.

Chen’s recent solo exhibitions include “Make me illusory” (West Bund Museum, Shanghai, China, 2021); “The Last Night” (Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong, 2021); “Good Night” (HOW Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2021); “Where Are You Going Tonight” (chi K11 art space, Guangzhou, China, 2018); “Chen Wei: The Club” (Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia, 2017); “Noon Club” (JNBY Foundation, Hangzhou, 2016) and “Chen Wei: In the Waves” (K11 chi art museum, Shanghai, 2015).

Group exhibitions in which Chen has participated include “ON / OFF 2021: Carousel of Progress” (He Art Museum, Guangdong, China, 2022); “End of Heat / Section 1: Flare” (ShanghArt, Shanghai, China, 2022); “Mirage or Reality” (chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2021); “Collection Exhibition: Scales” (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, 2020); “ABOUT US. Young Photography from China” (Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, Munich, Germany, 2020); “Phantom Plane, Cyberpunk in the Year of the Future” (Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, 2019); “We Chat: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art” (Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, USA, 2016); “CHINA 8 – Works in Progress” (Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, 2015); “Performance and Imagination: Chinese Photography 1911–2014” (Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger, Norway, 2014); “ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice” (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2013); “The 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale” (Seoul Museum of Art, Korea, 2006).

Chen currently lives and works in Beijing, China.


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