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Chen Wei

China

Viewing a photograph by contemporary Beijing photographer Chen Wei is like opening a door to a mystery.

Even the most casual observer is swept into a new and often jolting reality.  Wei’s works of art immerse the viewer in a scene where an event has obviously just taken place, but is not literally portrayed.

One needs to study the clues to unravel the message in the photo.  At first glance the photograph may seem haphazardly arranged or even random.  However, every detail has been meticulously staged and the result is provocative.

Chen Wei is one of a new breed of young emerging photographers in China who are redefining the role of artistic expression through photography.  Gone are the days when Chinese photographers were limited to portraying traditional cultural values or aspects of Chinese history.  Today’s new breed of photographers represent the modern global voice of Chinese artists and their work provokes human reaction and interest far beyond the borders of China itself.

Wei has had solo exhibitions in China, Japan, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Germany and has participated in several group exhibitions around the world.

To discover more about the artist, visit chen-wei.org. Chen Wei is represented by Leo Xu Projects: leoxuprojects.com

Images cover and 1: CHEN WEI, A Kind of Mensuration, 2007, 2: CHEN WEI, I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, 2011, courtesy of LEO XU PROJECTS. Copyright CHEN WEI, 3: CHEN WEI, Coins #2, 2011, courtesy of LEO XU PROJECTS. Copyright CHEN WEI, courtesy of LEO XU PROJECTS. Copyright CHEN WEI, 4: CHEN WEI, Coins in Fountain Basin, 2011, courtesy of LEO XU PROJECTS. Copyright CHEN WEI, 5: CHEN WEI, Broken Tomato, 2011, courtesy of LEO XU PROJECTS. Copyright CHEN WEI.