Chen Wei was born in Zhejiang Province in 1980. He lives and works in Beijing. He awarded by the Asia Pacific Photography Prize in 2011, and nominated by Prudential Eye Awards for Contemporary Asian Art in 2015. Chen Wei is represented by Leo Xu project and Galerie Rudiger Schottle. He was one of the artists involved in the exhibition « A Plus » held by Lana Crawford and Modern Weekly, aimed to gather together the top fashion designers and artists in China in 2011. Commissioned by fashion and art magazines such as FHM and LEAP, Chen has produced projects that bring together conceptual photography and fashion design, featuring products by Bottega Veneta, LV and Prada among others.
Early on in his career he worked with experimental music and then turned to photography. Since then he has been engaged in sound art, performance, video and installation. Whether capturing dark, deserted interiors or dance club portraits, Chen’s works are marked by a dramatic, cinematic quality. Chen is best known for the “Float” series, which calls attention to China’s prohibition of large gatherings, except in the case of nightclubs. The images reveal temporary escapes from a restrictive reality—a sense reinforced by the deliberately exaggerated, dream-like settings. Culling inspiration from the daily news and everyday life, as well as artists such as John Cage and Wolfgang Tillmans, Chen is more concerned with capturing the outcomes of dramatic conflicts than showing the stories behind them. Chen has exhibited widely, including China, Korea, Japan, across Europe and the UK, including Seoul Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Poznan Biennale. Recent solo exhibitions include: Noon Club, programmed by Francesco Bonami, JNBY Art Space, Hangzhou; In the Waves, K11 Art Museum, Shanghai (2015) and The Club, Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne, Australia (2017). Recent group exhibition includes: ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China (2012); Performance and Imagination: Chinese Photography 1911 – 2014, Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger, Norway (2014); ; The Work in Progress: Photography from China, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (2015);We Chat: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art, Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, USA (2016), Chinese Whispers, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland (2016)