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.