Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
This is a photograph of my grandmother and a policeman. The photo was taken in January, 1947, she was 26 years old.
A few days ago, my mother was watching a TV series at home in Shanghai. The series is called "Unclosed Case of China" which is about all the famously unfinished law-related cases in the Republic of China era (1912-1949). When the show starts talk about a fire case that was happened in the Chinese New Year of 1947, that a lane of houses in downtown Shanghai was on fire, one of them was the house of my grandparents'. The firemen was failed to save most houses. This case later turned into a long and complicated investigation on the cause of the incident. Of course, the result of that investigation remain a mystery.
So, mom was already extremely surprised and excited about this blurry family history unfolding on TV. But not until they showed this above image with a caption of "Wife of the Tongzuo Factory owner Shen Qiuling (my grandpa)", she was totally stunned. Nobody had ever seen this photo, not even my grandma herself, it was digged from the old record for this documentary. According to the decumentary, my grandma was the first person who noticed the fire and call the fire department immediately. Later, after she gave a statement to the police department, Well, I guess she was a hero so they need to take a photo with her. And here it is, after 60 years, this photographs surfaced with so much memories and history. Isn't it just amazing!
She is now 87 years old and rarely mentioned the fire. She doesn't seem to remember the picture moment very clearly, but she sure saved the many lives, I am kind of a little bit speechless...
You can see the entire documentary (in Chinese) here.
PS: She is totally a fashionista, look at that cool coat and the hair!
Monday, January 21, 2008
Muge is one of many photographer friends in China that I must meet in my next China trip. He recently sent me an edit of all his work from last year, and they are just breathtaking. I can only post a few here so you get a little taste, too. Muge's portraits have a sense of ease and naive I personally think it is rare to see in the Chinese photography. His landscapes are also dreamily peaceful. I don't know if it is because the misty air of Chongqing.
Posted by Shen Wei at Monday, January 21, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
My work is currently included in an exhibition at the Deutsche Bank Corporate Gallery on Wall Street. The exhibition is entitled Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win: Emerging Artists from the Chinese Diaspora. The exhibition is curated by Eric Shiner, runs from January 14th through April 30th, 2008. There will be a special viewing event in March during the Asian Contemporary Art week.
Also on view is my two-person show with Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin at the Silver Eye Center for Photography. The show runs from January 16 through February 2, 2008. McLaughlin is showing her project Transitions to Modernity and I am showing some of my early portraits.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Almost Naked has been awarded a 2008 Manhattan Community Arts grant. This is my second year of winning this grant. Last year, I received this grant award for my series Concubines of New York, a documentary project of Chinese opera in New York City. The grant helped me tremendously on creating and post-production of the project, Concubines of New York has already been collected and published in China. Manhattan Community Arts grant is funded by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and New York City department of Cultural Affairs. The 2009 application for this grant is due Jan. 22, 2008.
Posted by Shen Wei at Friday, January 11, 2008
The recent China Photo Press has included me in their list of Faces of 2007. I am very thrilled to know that the Chinese photography community starts to take notice of my work. It has always been very important to me to find audiences in China. The list also included quite a few amazing icons in photography, such as Robert Frank (RF had an exhibition of his work from The Americans in China in September 2007.), Senior Editor of Xinhua News Agent (the largest news and photo agent in China) Chen Xiaobo and the power-blogger Ren Yue (a photo faculty of Chinese People University).
Posted by Shen Wei at Friday, January 11, 2008
Saturday, January 05, 2008
I saw Roland Fischer's work quite a few times since Miami, absolutely fall in love with his Chinese Pool Portraits. First of all, the strange situation he puts those women into is vey original, you know people always act very differently when they are in the water. Personally, water always makes me feel a bit of out of control, surreal and sensual. I especially like this above image from his Chinese Pool Portraits. The unique beauty of this girl is extraordinary. It is hard to make a judgment on her as her unclear expression and gaze merely gives any suggestion. By knowing she is in the water, feeling wet, perhaps with wet underwear on her, feeling uncomfortable or even more uncomfortable if she is nude. But still, can’t figure out that face. I am interested in her sense of country-girl innocence, but also the uncoverable savvyness. I think that unclearness is what makes this image very memorable. The only question is "What is she thinking?"
Thursday, January 03, 2008
For all my Chinese readers, Good News! I just start my Chinese blog, so please check it out. Sorry for all my English readers who doesn't read Chinese, you can also go just look at the photos, Art is the universal language! Or you can use the magical yet hit and miss Google Translate.
Posted by Shen Wei at Thursday, January 03, 2008