2019 AUTUMN IN NEW YORK EXHIBITION

Artist Official Entries

Jiawei Zhao

Brooklyn NY USA
http://www.jiaweizhao.com
I am a Chinese-born visual artist who came to the United States to attend school. My photo-based artist practice stems from that personal experience. There are 360,000 young Chinese people currently studying at academic institutions in the U.S., and they are not staying here for immigration. Chinese students are sandwiched between Chinese culture and American culture, and they have been building up their own cultural identity. My work looks at how Chinese students have found comfort and community in certain spaces, unexpectedly fabricating a photographic space between architectures of Chinatown and academic buildings. Channeling the French aesthetic concept of the “flaneur", I stroll around virtual and real space of photographs, and make critical points concerning ‘temporality’ by intertwining fake and real spatial relationships that mix photography, architecture, and obscured realities. Confusing temporal and spatial relationships, all of my photographs are taken of photographic installations, such as Once Upon a Time at Chinatown Movie Theaters project. There were many Chinatown movie theaters in various major Chinatowns of the States and eight of them were located in NYC Chinatown. Only Chinese languages movie were shown in those theaters. Around two decades ago, those theaters were all closed down or disappeared. However, the former sites (used to hold Chinatown movie theaters) are still there, and I played the movie showing academic institutions on the studio's installations of former sites, which are seen as an old-fashioned backdrop used to apply in a photography studio. Finally, I documented and photographed all the above temporal and spatial relationships.
© Jiawei Zhao | Are academic institutions temporal to us? 10043
2019 Photography | Are Academic Institutions Temporal To Us?
inkjet print, 42x56inch, 2019
USD $1,500
© Jiawei Zhao | Movie clip#1 at the Governor Theater 10044
2019 Photography | Movie Clip#1 At The Governor Theater
inkjet print, 42x56inch, 2019
USD $2,000
© Jiawei Zhao | Movie clip#3 at the Music Palace 10045
2019 Photography | Movie Clip#3 At The Music Palace
inkjet print, 42x56inch, 2019
USD $2,000
© Jiawei Zhao | Movie clip#4 at the Sun Sing Theater 10046
2019 Photography | Movie Clip#4 At The Sun Sing Theater
inkjet print, 42x56inch, 2019
USD $2,000
© Jiawei Zhao | Dragon (nine framed photographs) 10047
2019 Photography | Dragon (Nine Framed Photographs)
inkjet print, 85x120inch, 2018
USD $3,500
© Jiawei Zhao | Dragon (detail, one of nine framed photographs) 10048
2019 Photography | Dragon (Detail, One Of Nine Framed Photographs)
inkjet print, 24x32inch, 2018
USD $400
© Jiawei Zhao | Dragon (detail, one of nine framed photographs) 10049
2019 Photography | Dragon (Detail, One Of Nine Framed Photographs)
inkjet print, 24x32inch, 2018
USD $400
© Jiawei Zhao | We are thrown down here 10051
2019 Photography | We Are Thrown Down Here
inkjet print, 30x40inch, 2019
USD $1,000
© Jiawei Zhao | Movie clip#2 at the Chinatown Theater 10052
2019 Mixed Media | Movie Clip#2 At The Chinatown Theater
Projected image on a photographic installation, 70x52.5x2inch, 2019
USD $2,000