SHEN WEI BETWEEN BLOSSOMS
Shen Wei, Chinese-born artist living and working in New York, presents his works in Poland for the first time. For his series of photographs, in which he uses his own body set in different contexts, he meticulously chooses interiors and exteriors, or arranges the photographed settings himself.
The series “Between Blossoms” has been inspired by the dreams of the Unknown. First photographs were taken in 2013, and the most recent ones – in 2017.
Plum and cherry trees in bloom, crucial and distinctive themes of the aesthetics of the Far East, are also symbols of the passage of time and the fragility of life. Contained within them is the mystery of human existence, represented by the author himself.
The exhibition has been organized as part of the International Festival of Photography in Łódź – “Can You Imagine”
Exhibition curator: Grzegorz Musiał
Signum Foundation Gallery Łódź 85 Piotrkowska Street
31 May – 31 July 2017
Born and raised in Shanghai, Shen Wei is an artist based in New York City and Shanghai. His work has been exhibited internationally, with venues including the Museum of the City of New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, La Triennale di Milano, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Guardian, CNN, Aperture, ARTnews, American Photo, China Photo Press, and Wall Street Journal.
Shen Wei’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Library of Congress, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Chinese in America, and the Ringling Museum of Art, among others.
Shen Wei is a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts Residency, the Asian Cultural Council Arts & Religion Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Grant. He holds an MFA in photography, video, and related media from the School of Visual Arts, New York; and a BFA in photography from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
|2017||Flowers Gallery, Between Blossoms, New York, NY
Signum Foundation Gallery, Between Blossoms, Lodz, Poland
Visionairs Gallery, Invisible Atlas, Singapore
SinArts Gallery, Between Blossoms, The Hague, Netherlands
|2016||Galerie Christophe Tailleur, Dusk of the Harmonious Garden, Strasbourg, France|
|2015||Flowers Gallery, Invisible Atlas, New York, NY|
|2014||H Gallery, I Miss You Already, Bangkok, Thailand|
|2013||LA. Galerie Lothar Albrecht, Chinese Sentiment, Frankfurt, Germany|
|2012||Daniel Cooney Fine Art, I Miss You Already, New York, NY
Light Work, I Miss You Already, New York, NY
Epson Imaging Gallery, Chinese Sentiment, Shanghai, China
Monika Olko Gallery, Chinese Sentiment, Sag Harbor, NY
Athens Photo Festival 2012, Chinese Sentiment, Athens, Greece
|2011||Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Chinese Sentiment, New York, NY
Art Institute of Boston, Chinese Sentiment, Boston, MA
Chinese American Arts Council, Almost Naked, New York, NY
Lumenvisum, Chinese Sentiment, Hong Kong, China
|2009||Randall Scott Gallery, Almost Naked, New York, NY|
|2008||Kunst Licht Gallery, Almost Naked, Shanghai, China
Chinese American Arts Council, Concubines of New York, New York, NY
|2006||Elkins Gallery, Almost Naked, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA|
|2004||Chinese American Arts Council, Concubines of NY, New York|
|2003||TIXE Gallery, Behind the Persona, New York, NY|
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
Southeast Museum of photography, Daytona, FL
Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY
Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
Signum Foundation Gallery, ul. Piotrkowska 85, Łódź