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Shen Wei, Photographer

United States

Shen Wei is a New York based fine art photographer. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, at venues such as the Museum of the City of New York, Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, and the Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. His photographs have been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, Aperture, American Photo, Chinese Photography, PDN and Life Magazine China.

Grants Awarded

2012 | Film, Video, & Photography | Thailand

ACC support allowed Mr. Wei to travel to Chiang Mai in fall 2012 in order to undertake a one-month photography research project on Buddhist temple life. During the project, Shen Wei researched the history and architecture of Chiang Mai's temples, as well as Buddhist philosophy and the life of Thai monks. He created original landscapes, portraits, and still life studies, all while exploring the relationship between the human mind and religion.

Events

Snacks

July 16, 2016 - October 16, 2016

The group exhibition SNACKS features extraordinary thoughts, experiments, and experiences from artists from different corners in the world and different lifestyles. Artists will create works during their residencies inspired by public life, quotidian experience, and their memory of faith.

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Exhibition / Argentina

Body and Desire

October 1, 2016 - December 16, 2016

Solo photography exhibition.

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Grantee: Shen Wei, Photographer

Exhibition / United States

Between Blossoms

March 2, 2017 - April 22, 2017

In his new photographic series Between Blossoms, New York-based Chinese photographer Shen Wei has taken a meditative journey across continents, from the United States to Europe and Asia. His seductive photographs capture a unifying sense of other-worldliness within the changing landscape, generating an abstracted sensation of place that he describes as “deeply connected to my inner melancholy, a dream-like state of mind.”

Shen Wei received an ACC fellowship in 2012  to explore and document Buddhist temple life in Thailand.

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Exhibition / China

Blossoms

April 29, 2018 - June 10, 2018

The Shanghai-born, New York-based photographer and ACC grantee Shen Wei is the master of seductive intimate portraits, poetic landscapes, still-lives and erotic botanic images. His work is a fine balance between private and public spheres. He often challenges his traditional but conservative culture by explicit self-portraits and nudity. Following his series “Chinese Sentiment” being consistent with his sensual and emotional style, Shen turned the lens upon himself, producing “I Miss You Already”, a series of achingly sentimental nude self-portraits revealing his processes of self-reflection and discovery.

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Grantee: Shen Wei, Photographer