陳哲《蜜蜂&可承受的》Bees & The Bearable 簽名本

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▍陳哲兩部自剖作品的私人筆記
▍本書獲2016卡塞爾攝影書節最佳攝影書獎

「一切都安寧了,沒有什麼可以讓我褻瀆,所以我只能褻瀆我自己。一切都安寧了,只有存在之難,無法安寧。」——陳哲,《蜜蜂&可承受的》,2016

陳哲的首部作品《可承受的》(2007-2010)呈現了一部個人自傷史的自白檔案,記錄她在四年間黑暗卻又不乏狂喜的體驗之後,面對通往自我的迷宮,展開了持久的掘進,並在續作《蜜蜂》(2010-2012)中得到了進一步的體現。通過收集她和她的拍攝對象所交換的信件、日記、聊天記錄、引用片段和塗鴉,她試圖延展圖像表達的邊界,探索另一種敘事的可能,以再現不安的心靈、受傷的身體以及兩者之間難以捉摸的關聯。

這本書則是陳哲現在對於上述問題長期思考的總結。它以私人筆記的形式展開,意念穿​​梭行進於照片和手札之間,將她的影像實踐還原為一個不斷探尋、發現與研究的過程,最終引入一場思考:如果通過傷害自己的身體這種看似是在抵押存在的行為,我們得以更加接近存在的真相,那麼這究竟是一場逃逸?還是一種解脫?...

▍關於陳哲

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

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