Zhou Siwei

    BIOGRAPHY

    Zhou Siwei, born in 1981, currently works and lives in Shanghai. He focuses on the interrelation between people’s understanding of culture and the effect of culture on people. In his work, several visual and cultural inertias are intertwined to develop new intentions and suggestions, and familiarity and strangeness emerge at the same time, only to leave the possibility of arbitrary interpretation.

    Zhou Siwei graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China. His work has been featured in Antenna Space, Shanghai (solo; 2020, 2017); OōEli, Hangzhou (2020); 798 Art Center, Beijing (2020); Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin (solo; 2019); A.M.180, Prague (2019); K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong (2018); Guangzhou Image Triennial 2017, Guangzhou (2017); Huayu Youth Award, Sanya, China (2016); Urs Meile, Lucerne (solo; 2015); Aike-Dellarco, Shanghai (solo; 2014); Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing (2014); White Space, Beijing (2013); M50 Art Space, Shanghai (2013); Space Station, Beijing (2012); Ray Hughest Gallery, Sydney (2009); Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster (CCRN), Luxembourg (2008); 82 Republic, Hongkong (solo; 2007); The 3rd Guiyang Biennial, Guizhou (2007); Nanjing Museum, Nanjing (2005); Artist Commune, Hong Kong (2004).

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    • Painting in the Time of Technophoria – On Zhou Siwei’s art practice and his latest solo exhibition “New Phone for Every Week” | Fiona He

       
      What does an ordinary day look like for most us nowadays? You are likely to reach for your mobile phone before your mind is fully turned on. Your home screen, filled with notifications from last night while you slept, shines brighter than your serenading alarm. You get ready, and rush to the nearest subway station. With a swipe of your e-wallet on your phone, you hop on the subway while the transit fare is instantly deducted from your bank account. For that matter, you can hardly remember the last time you saw paper money. On your commute to work, you shuffle between the multiple messenger apps and social media platforms to catch up with the “world.” If time allows, you indulge in a few video clips on YouTube or even try to level up with your teammates in the “Honor of Kings.” Meanwhile, infomercials moving along subway cart windows with a few occasional glitches, as if the underground tunnels have built-in screens that stretch from one station to the next, compete for your attention. But you have long been indifferent, or even desensitized to advertisements, be they in motion, looped, or still. Once you get to work, whatever your job may be, it’s likely you operate on some kind of monitor, if not on multiples. Your proficiency in all of the devices at work is has become your second nature, which does not require any forethought. And, by the time you get off work, the city’s nocturnal atmosphere revels on with artificial stimuli that keep all of your sensory responses alive. Although you might not be able to identify the great dipper, but the night sky lusters with a constellation of hundreds of drones into silhouettes of images, glyph, or even propaganda slogans that are easier for you to recognize than the stars. The high-rise buildings and menacing towers, key players of the urban jungle in the daytime, contending for a city’s skyline, have now turned into plugged monoliths, on which infomercials roll on in endless syncopation. Well, you get the picture. In fact, a verbal narrative, or a single image would not suffice to portray our daily routine, and perhaps the reception of such narratives string together faster into a mental video clip than it’s told……

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