Apr.-June 2019 — Visual Arts
Residency location: Zurich
Partner organization: Gleis 70
Chen Wei was born in 1980 in Yueqing, Zhejiang Province and currently lives and works in Beijing. Internationally active and representative of his generation, Chen utilizes photography and installation as his main media – his works are conceptualized staged photographs and spatial installations as representations of scenes. He recreates a peculiar dimension, that blur the boundaries between realities and cinema, landscapes and dreamscapes.
Recent Group exhibitions include: “Imagined Borders”, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea, 2018; “Simultaneous Eidos”, Guangzhou Image Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China, 2017; “PARADOXA”, Casa Cavazzini, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Udine, Italy, 2017; “We Chat”, Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, USA, 2016; “The Work in Progress”, Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2015; “Performance and Imagination”, Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger, 2014; “My Generation”, Orange County Museum of Art, CA, USA, 2015; “ON | OFF”, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2012. Recent Solo exhibitions include: “Where are you going tonight”, chi k11 Art Space, Guangzhou, China, 2018; “Falling Light”, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany, 2018; “Fresh Dewdrop”, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan, 2017; “Chen Wei”, ShanghART, Beijing, China, 2017; “The Club”, Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne, Australia, 2017.
In 2011, Chen Wei was awarded the 1st Asia Pacific Photography Prize. He was also shortlisted for the Prudential Eye Awards 2015.
During the residency program, Chen will continue to work on the “new city” project, which he has developed in recent years. Based on his on-site study in China and Switzerland, Chen will explore three-dimensional photographic presentations in urban spaces as well as artificial lights to further reflect on creation and exchange between the two countries.