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︎ Artist’s Writings


Yokohama Triennale 2020, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
Participation Mystique, McaM, Shanghai, China
Towards Evenings: 891 Dusks, an Encyclopedia of Psychological Experience, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Canada


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At the core of Chen Zhe’s practice is research and exploration often tempered by a psychological inquiry of self and surroundings. In her early work The Bearable and Bees, where the physical self-destruction of her subjects is identified as an act of spiritual cleansing, Chen searched after the possibility of “another way of telling" by expanding her photographic observations with a collection of letters and journals. In her current project Towards Evening: Six Chapters, Chen uses dusk as her motif to explore the ambiguous link between visual representations and language. Her work takes the form of photography, installation, sound, objects and texts.

Chen Zhe (b.1989, Beijing) received her BFA in Photography and Imaging from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Her works has  be featured in exhibitions at the Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2020); Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany (2019); The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Australia (2018); Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Japan (2018); Para Site Art Space, Hong Kong (2018); Guangzhou Photo Triennial, Guangzhou (2017); CAFA Art Museum, Beijing (2017); The 11th Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai (2016); Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2016); Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2016); The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing (2011).

Chen is the recipient of the Foam Talent (2018), Xitek New Talent Award (2015), Lianzhou Festival Photographer of the Year Award (2012), Three Shadows Award (2011) and the Inge Morath Award from the Magnum Foundation (2011). She is also subject of TV documentary films Chinese Viewfinder produced by ARTE, France (2013) and China Through the Lens of Youth produced by NHK, Japan (2014). Her latest publication Bees & The Bearable was awarded the Best Photobook of the Year by Kassel Fotobookfestival in 2016.

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