Headshot of Chen Zhe
Image courtesy of artist.

Exhibition Opening Event | Chen Zhe in Conversation with Nasrin Himada

Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 7pm
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art | 1, 460 Portage Ave | Winnipeg MB | Canada

On Thursday, January 23 at 7pm, Plug In ICA hosts an artist talk by Beijing-based artist, Chen Zhe, on the occasion of the Chen’s exhibition opening at Plug In. The talk will highlight Chen’s, Towards Evenings: 891 Dusks, an Encyclopedia of Psychological Experiences, which is the first solo show in Canada by Chen, and will be on view from January 24 to March 22, 2020.

Chen’s Towards Evenings: 891 Dusks, an Encyclopaedia of Psychological Experiences is an expansive, multidisciplinary series that examines the contradictory tensions inherent in this light of near night. Chen’s exploration into the complex and transient experiences of dusk stems from her previous research and artwork in Bees & the Bearable, where the invisible, unspoken, most private and intimate formations of selfhood and pain are given form, space, and language. In Towards Evenings, Chen’s persistent desire to create systems of knowledge for the inarticulable moments of unease and disturbances, as they come up in the body’s experience of time and its impact on our emotional landscape, journeys into the realm of disquiet. The conversation between Chen and Himada will delve into the process and impact such intense and rigorous research has on the artist and her practice and will engage with the durational affects of dusk, and how they manifest in writing and making.

Chen Zhe (b.1989, Beijing) received her BFA in Photography and Imaging from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Her works has recently be featured in exhibitions at Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany (2019); The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9), Brisbane, Australia (2018); Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2018); Para Site Art Space, Hong Kong (2018); OCAT Museum Xi’an, Xi’an (solo, 2018); CAFA Art Museum, Beijing (2017); The 11th Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai (2016); Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2016); Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2016); The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing (2011). Chen is the recipient of the Foam Talent (2018), Xitek New Talent Award (2015), Lianzhou Festival Photographer of the Year Award (2012), Three Shadows Award (2011) and the Inge Morath Award from the Magnum Foundation (2011). She is also subject of TV documentary films Chinese Viewfinder produced by ARTE, France (2013) and China Through the Lens of Youth produced by NHK, Japan (2014). Her latest publication Bees & The Bearable was awarded the Best Photobook of the Year by Kassel Fotobookfestival in 2016.

This talk is available in our online video archive.

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