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Chen Zhe’s practice is rooted in self-reflection, which expands and engages with the universal experience of life. Her subjects are often inherently paradoxical, such as the body that can simultaneously experience pain and relief (The Bearable & Bees), the nebulous zone where day turns into night (Towards Evenings: Six Chapters), and the life that vacillates between impermanence and eternity (A Slow Remembering of a Long Forgetting). Springing from and expanding on her photographic work, Chen’s recent works focus on the expressive potential of temporality in different mediums and environments. Her projects tend to develop organically over the span of several years, with works that annotate each other as they unravel, and present an ongoing process of research and discovery.

Chen Zhe (b.1989, Beijing) received her BFA in Photography and Imaging from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Her works has been exhibited at Lillehammer Art Museum, Norway (2022); UCCA Dune, Qinhuangdao (2021); Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2020); Plug In ICA, Canada (2020);  Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai (2020); Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany (2019); White Rabbit Gallery, Australia (2019); the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Australia (2018); Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Japan (2018); Para Site, Hong Kong (2018); OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen (2018); Guangzhou Photo Triennial, Guangzhou (2017); Anren Biennale, Chengdu (2017); CAFA Art Museum, Beijing (2017); the 11th Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai (2016); Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2016); University of Toronto Art Centre, Canada (2014); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); Fotohof, Austria (2012); Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (2011) and more.

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


陈哲,1989年生于北京,毕业于洛杉矶艺术中心设计学院,获摄影与图像学士学位。近年作品展出于利勒哈默尔美术馆(挪威 2022),UCCA沙丘美术馆(秦皇岛 2021),横滨三年展(日本 2020),Plug In ICA(加拿大 2020),明当代美术馆(上海 2020),巴登巴登国立美术馆(德国 2019),白兔美术馆(澳大利亚 2019),第9届亚太当代艺术三年展(澳大利亚 2018),东京都写真美术馆(日本 2018),Para Site艺术空间(香港 2018),OCAT当代艺术中心(深圳 2018),广州影像三年展(广州 2017),安仁双年展(成都 2017),中央美术学院美术馆(北京 2017),第11届上海双年展(上海 2016),民生现代美术馆(上海 2016),多伦多大学艺术中心(加拿大 2014),尤伦斯当代艺术中心(北京 2013),Fotohof艺廊(奥地利 2012),三影堂摄影艺术中心(北京 2011)等。

陈哲曾获赏玛格南基金会颁发的 Inge Morath 奖,三影堂摄影奖,连州摄影节新摄影奖,无忌新锐摄影奖和 FOAM Talent 摄影奖,并受邀参与法国 ARTE 电视台纪录片《镜头下的中国》和日本 NHK 电视台纪录片《青年摄影师眼中的中国》。她的出版物《蜜蜂 & 可承受的》获得卡塞尔摄影书节2016年度摄影书奖。

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