Towards Evenings: 891 Dusks, an Encyclopaedia of Psychological Experiences by Chen Zhe
February 1 - March 1
Plug In ICA is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Beijing-based artist, Chen Zhe. Started in 2012 and ever-expanding, Towards Evenings is a journey in search of the nebulous space between day and night, light and twilight, the known and the unknown. With a particular focus on the interpretative slippage in between reading and viewing, Chen materializes her fascination with the topic by probing literature and visual clues throughout history and across culture. While each of the chapters within this interwoven body of work stands individually, taken together they constitute a spatial structure of understanding human responses to the intricate and transient experiences at dusk. 891 Dusks, an Encyclopedia of Psychological Experiences is a subchapter of the second chapter in a six-chapter series. It presents the artist’s rigorous research on widespread symptoms of “evening uneasiness” presented in an encyclopaedic structure mimicking that of the bible, categorizing and conceptualizing “disquiet” through hundreds of “psycho-poetic” entries.
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.