陳哲《蜜蜂&可承受的》Bees & The Bearable 簽名本
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陳哲，工作居住於北京。 2011年畢業於洛杉磯藝術中心設計學院，同年獲三影堂攝影獎、連州攝影節新攝影獎和瑪格南基金會授予的Inge Morath獎，以及2015無忌新銳獎。作品為藝術機構與個人收藏，並於國際多處展出。
"Everything is at peace now. There is nothing for me to wreck anymore; I can only wreck myself. Everything is at peace now, but the plight of existence will never find peace." - Chen Zhe, Bees & The Bearable, 2016
Chen Zhe's first series, "The Bearable" (2007-2010), is a reflective documentation of her dark, though occasionally euphoric, history of self-inflicted harm. Chen continued to penetrate the psychological labyrinth of self-realization in her subsequent project "Bees" (2010-2012). By expanding her photographic observations with a collection of letters, dairy entries, online chat histories, quote fragments and scribbles that she exchanged with her subjects, Chen searched after the possibility of “another way of telling" in the aim of portraying the disquieted souls, the wounded bodies and the elusive link between the two.
The book is Chen's closing statement of her long contemplation on the issue. Presented as a layered notebook which weaves in and out of images and texts, the publication restores Chen's practice as an ongoing process of exploration, discovery and research. What happens when actions that can jeopardize one's existence, such as hurting one's own body, in return serve the purpose of understanding the existence itself? Should we see it as a fluky escape, or a relief from the weight of modern life? While the individual response may differ, this book illustrates that there still lies psychological connectedness that undoubtedly link each of us together. Everything else follows from there.
Chen Zhe is a photo-based artist born and based in Beijing, China. She received her BFA in Photography and Imaging from Art Center College of Design. Chen is the recipient of the Three Shadows Award, Lianzhou Festival Photographer of the Year Award, Inge Morath Award from the Magnum Foundation in 2011 and the Xitek New Talent Award in 2015. Her work has been included in public and private collections and exhibited internationally.
《蜜蜂&可承受的》│陳哲│假雜誌出版│2016年3月│280頁│平裝│限量800冊│26 x 21 cm│中文&英文
Bees & The Bearable | by CHEN Zhe | Jiazazhi Press | Mar. 2016 | 280 pages | softcover | Limited edition of 800 copies | 26 x 21 cm | Chinese & English