“The heat and fervour in contemporary China is close to madness. ”

Born 1981, Weifang, Shandong

Chen Yongwei’s simple yet haunting video installations reflect on the powerful emotional responses that can be evoked by elemental phenomena like moving points of light, or solitary objects like empty bottles, beds and windows. In Forgotten (2007), a drink bottle spotlit in darkness seems to sing while on a screen behind it appear hand-drawn images of a similar bottle with an animated story unfolding inside it. Gradually, the story transforms into a dense tropical growth of activity, occupying every cubic millimetre of the former void.

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