CHEN WEI
b. 1980, Zhejiang Province, China. Lives and works in Beijing, China.

A prominent figure in a new generation of internationally minded artists working in China, Chen Wei creates situational installations that he photographs. The works are heavy with despair, isolation and repression. These room installations suggest an unsettling claustrophobic feeling from within, a feeling of instability, nervousness and danger. In various installations, he presents the dichotomy of control and hope.

Chen Wei creates situational installations that he photographs.  The works are heavy with despair, isolation and repression. These room installations suggest an unsettling claustrophobic feeling from within, a feeling of instability, nervousness and danger. A room is a closed space in which the artist feels both security and boundary. Through various installation settings, he presents a dilemma of living under some controlling authority who at the same time bring him hope and dreams for a better future.

Born in 1980 in Zhejiang Province, China. Currently lives and works in Beijing, China.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011
Tight Rope, Yokohama CreativeCity Center (YCC), Yokohama, Japan

2010
Chen Wei: photography2006-2009, Full Art, Sevilla, Spain
House of Recovery, LISTE 15, Basel, Switzerland

2009
Chen Wei’s Photography Works From 2007-2009, m97 Gallery, Shanghai, China
Everyday scenery and props, Gallery Exit, Hong Kong, China

2008
The Fabulist's Path, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION

2011
In a Perfect World, Meulensteen, New York, USA
Parts and Whole, Hiromi Yoshii, Tokyo, Japan

2010
Alex: A Tribute to Alexander McQueen, James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, China
On display Exhibiting in the Showroom, Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery, Munich, Germany
Reflection of Minds - Moca Shanghai Envisage, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
TORA!TORA!TORA!:Photography Exhibition, Beijing Caochangdi Photo Spring, Beijing, China
Soldier Crab Ⅰ: An Exhibition of The First Annual Caochangdi Photospring, Li-Space,Beijing, China
Jungle – A Close-Up Focus on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends, Platform China  
Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China

2009
Seoul International Photography Festival 2009, Seoul, Korea
Santa's Workshop Shanghai, James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, China
e-flux “PAWNSHOP”, The Shop, Beijing, China
YiPai-Century Thinking: A Contemporary Art Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Blackboard-Group Exhibition, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai, China
The 3th Guangzhou Photo Biennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
China Now-The Edge of Desire, Lillian Heidenberg Fine Art, Max Lang Gallery, New York, USA
New Work from China-Painting, Photography & Video, Fortune Cookie Projects Singapore
HT Contemporary Space, Singapore

2008
Corpse: China Surreal, m97 Gallery, Shanghai, China
Meditions Biennale 2008, Poznan, Poland
Deep Pond and Float Chamber, Nanjing Qinghe Current Art Center, Nanjing, China
China Pingyao International Photography Festival 2008, Pingyao, China
Night On Earth - Spatial Constructions and Time based Collisions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

2007
Amateur World: A Contemporary Art Exhibition, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China
Refresh: Emerging Chinese Artists, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China
Refresh: Emerging Chinese Artists, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
Unpredictable: New Photography from China, Morono Kiang Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Against the Wall: Contemporary Chinese Artists, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
On View: Selections from China, Fortune Cookie Projects, Paul Morris Gallery, New York, USA
Shouting truth: A Contemporary Art Exhibition, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China

2006
The 4th Seoul Internatonal Media Art Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Poetic Reality: A Reinterpretation of Jiangnan, RCM Art Museum, Nanjing, China
Restless: Photography and New Media, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

2005
GIFTS: Contemporary Art Exhibition, H.N.U.Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
Four Seasons: Sound Performance, BizArt Art Center, Shanghai / Cubic Art Center, Beijing, China

2003
Bai Ta Ling Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Bai Ta Ling, Hangzhou, China