Shen Wei 沈 玮 photography and photographers

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I miss you already

Self-portrait (Brent), 2009

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I Miss You Already is a self-portrait project that reveals the process of self-reflection and self-discovery. It is a provocative way to explore my sense of security through understanding the tension between freedom and boundaries. Each image of this series is at once a moment of introspection, and rebellion. Memory, fantasy, anxiety, seduction and emptiness often lead to these narratives. Making these self-portraits is an experience of emotional release, a way to express my desire for openness and possibility, as well as a step towards learning acceptance.
While this project is my awakening response to liberation and hope, it also represents a universal search for our place in nature and society.”
Artist Statement.

Born and raised in Shanghai, Shen Wei is a visual artist based in New York City and Shanghai. He is known for his intimate portraits of others and himself, as well as his poetic landscape and still-life photography. His work has been exhibited internationally, with venues including the Museum of the City of New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, La Triennale di Milano, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Guardian, CNN, Aperture, ARTnews, American Photo, China Photo Press, and Financial Times.
Shen Wei’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Library of Congress, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Chinese in America, and the Ringling Museum of Art, among others.
Shen Wei is a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts Residency, the Asian Cultural Council Arts & Religion Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Grant. He holds an MFA in photography, video, and related media from the School of Visual Arts, New York; and a BFA in photography from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Self-portrait (Brent), 2009

Solo Exhibitions:
2017
Flowers Gallery, Between Blossoms, New York, NY
Signum Foundation Gallery, Between Blossoms, Lodz, Poland
Visionairs Gallery, Invisible Atlas, Singapore
SinArts Gallery, Between Blossoms, The Hague, Netherlands
2016
Galerie Christophe Tailleur, Dusk of the Harmonious Garden, Strasbourg, France
2015
Flowers Gallery, Invisible Atlas, New York, NY
2014
H Gallery, I Miss You Already, Bangkok, Thailand
2013
LA. Galerie Lothar Albrecht, Chinese Sentiment, Frankfurt, Germany
2012
Daniel Cooney Fine Art, I Miss You Already, New York, NY
Light Work, I Miss You Already, New York, NY
Epson Imaging Gallery, Chinese Sentiment, Shanghai, China
Monika Olko Gallery, Chinese Sentiment, Sag Harbor, NY
Athens Photo Festival 2012, Chinese Sentiment, Athens, Greece
2011
Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Chinese Sentiment, New York, NY
Art Institute of Boston, Chinese Sentiment, Boston, MA
Chinese American Arts Council, Almost Naked, New York, NY
Lumenvisum, Chinese Sentiment, Hong Kong, China
2009
Randall Scott Gallery, Almost Naked, New York, NY
2008
Kunst Licht Gallery, Almost Naked, Shanghai, China
Chinese American Arts Council, Concubines of New York, New York, NY
2006
Elkins Gallery, Almost Naked, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
2004
Chinese American Arts Council, Concubines of NY, New York
2003
TIXE Gallery, Behind the Persona, New York, NY

Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
Southeast Museum of photography, Daytona, FL
Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY
Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, New York, NY
C. V. Starr Foundation, New York, NY
Kinsey Institute, Indianapolis, IN
Light Work Permanent Collection, Syracuse, NY
London Economics Corporate Collection, Toronto, Canada
United Airlines Corporate Collection, Chicago, IL
Target Corporate Collection, Minneapolis, MN
Agnes Gund Collection, New York, NY
Allen G. Thomas Jr. Collection, Wilson, NC
Jonathan F. Fanton Collection, New York, NY
William K. Zewadski Collection, Tampa, FL
John J. Studzinski Collection, New York / London

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