Chen Wei: The Club
Chen Wei is one of China’s leading artists exhibiting in London, New York and Europe. Self-identified as part of China’s ‘other wave’ a group of millennial artists that respond to China after the ‘Cultural Revolution’ the China we see today.
“He is part of a generation less focused on political history or obvious social criticisms than personal and intellectual freedoms… History for them has been obscured by economic and social reforms, and the speed and scale of development is the contemporary China they have witnessed.”
The Club meticulously recreates the architecture and interiors of nightclubs to fabricate a visual archive of Chinese club culture. Curated by Elias Redstone, The Club explores an undocumented subculture, reflecting on wider social changes that have taken place in modern China.
“While nightclubs were once the realm of intellectuals and artists… they are no longer radical spaces,” says Chen. “For me, these enchanted bodies immersed in the smoke and laser beams are reflective of the current situation – be it cultural, economic or political – that the public is facing. No one knows where we are, and which direction we will be heading tomorrow.”
A Centre for Contemporary Photography Touring Exhibition.
IMAGE: Chen Wei, Disco #1004, 2015, archival inkjet print, 102 x 150cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Leo Xu Projects.