Born 1989 Beijing, China
Lives and works in
Chen Zhe’s finely realised photographic imagery draws on her deep and ongoing research to explore what she describes as ‘the ambiguous meeting point between visual representations and language’. Chen is best known for her controversial photo series and artist books, Bees (2010–12) and The Bearable (2007–10), which attracted worldwide attention for the artist’s unflinching documentation and contextualisation of self-harm. Since 2012, Chen has been engaged in a long-term investigation of visual and linguistic representations of dusk. Collecting postcards, notes, sketches and her own photographs, she has created an archive of psychological and emotional responses to the phenomenon of dusk, the nebulous space between day and night. Although very different in form from her investigation of self-harm, she continues to mine the psychological fissures between the visible and the spoken.