Shen Wei September 24, 2010Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in China.
Ming, China 2010
Shen Wei (b. 1977, China) is a New York based photographer. Shen’s work have been exhibited and published nationally and internationally in many private and public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Museum of Chinese in America and the Kinsey Institute. He has received numerous fellowships, including the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Creative Artist Residency, the 2008 Urban Artist Initiative New York City Fellowship and the Light Work Residency. Shen was named one of the fifteen new generation of photo pioneers by American Photo in 2007, and was also part of PDN’s 30 list in 2008. He holds an MFA in photography, video, and related media from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA in photography from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
About the Photograph:
“When I first saw Ming, she reminded me of drawings from the old Chinese textbooks of the 1980’s, girls with plump red cheeks, high up ponytails, and clean crisp white shirts, an ideal image of innocence. Ming is 11 years old, being raised extremely spoiled in an upper middle class family in Shanghai; she has an unusual artless quality, pure and simple, unpolished. I took this picture in the tatami room of her home, with her grandmother holding a pink tutu ready for her to change. She was surprisingly calm and mature, lying on her pillow unwilling to pose. I especially like the exquisite shape of her eyes and her somewhat simple and reserved gaze. This portrait is part of my recent completed long-term project Chinese Sentiment.”