Chen Wei’s work is characterised by elaborate photographic scenes, featuring an assortment of found memories choreographed into a surreal studio like setting. The artist takes inspirations from modern Chinese literatures and makes many sketches from which he works to physically construct the envisioned scene. Each of Chen Wei’s existing series takes a new subject and location as a starting point, from bus shelters to singular figures set in a dilapidated room. Chen Wei belongs to a new generation of Chinese contemporary photographers who forgoes traditional documentation of the surroundings. They take a new focus on the subject and idiosyncratic languages, an approach shared by Jeff Wall, Cindy Sherman and Gregory Crewdson.
Born in 1980 in Zhejiang Province, China, Chen Wei has exhibited extensively both locally and internationally. Notable solo exhibitions including ‘Tight Rope’ at Yokohama Creative Center in Yokohama, Japan (2011), ‘Rain in Some Areas’ at Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle in Munich, Germany (2012) and ‘Chen Wei: More’ at Leo Xu Projects in Shanghai, China. His works have been shown at Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (2006), Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China (2009), Today Art Museum, Beijing China (2009), Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China (2010), James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA (2011), He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China (2011), Gallery Hyandai, Seoul, Korea (2011), Katonah Museum of Art, New York, USA (2012) and in the ‘ON | OFF’ exhibition in Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2013). Chen Wei was the recipient of the first Asia Pacific Photography Prize at SH Contemporary Art Fair in 2011.