b. 1977, China
Zhang Wei once was a painter, but in recent years he has chosen photography. He is a creator of fictional images through photographs rather than a photographer. No matter how documentary the photos or videos are, they are not objective themselves, because the lens is full of limitations from machinery and human beings, and the productive technique of an image is just the substitute or the virtual image of the objective image after all. However, because photographic pictures are more close to objective images, they are more “real” than paintings, and also more convenient and efficient than paintings, Zhang Wei put down his brushes and picked up camera and mouse. The main reason motivating him should be his strong desire for expression, rather than his obsession with brush/paint, camera/film.
Among painting/photography, filming/production, reality/ virtuality, normal/abnormal, Zhang Wei carefully adjusts his scale so these images maintain a moving tension. His artwork emits a different flavor. There is relaxation of games and playful pleasure, and also a mix of strong sadness, or despair.
Zhang Wei was born in Shangluo city, Shaanxi province, China in 1977. He lives and works in Beijing, and his work has been exhibited at Centre de la Photographie, Geneva; Power Station of Art, Shanghai; Shanghai Center of Photography; Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Art, Guangzhou.