BEES & THE BEARABLE/蜜蜂&可承受的
Chen Zhe/陈哲

Essay: Einar Engström, Fu Chong
Book Design: Guang Yu, Xu Lei
Size: 260mm × 210mm × 25mm
280 pages, 19+1 saddle-stitched booklets
75 color plates, 40 grayscale journals & letters
First Edition: 800
Published in March 2016
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文章:Einar Engström,傅翀
设计:广煜,许磊
笔记本内附有19本骑马钉图册
75幅彩色照片,40组单色通信与手记
280页,26 × 21 × 2.5 cm
限量 800 册,2016年3月出版
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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Chen Zhe's first series, The Bearable (2007-2010), is a reflective documentation of her dark, though occasionally euphoric, history of self-inflicted harm. Chen continued to penetrate the psychological labyrinth of self-realisation in her subsequent project Bees (2010-2012). By expanding her photographic observations with a collection of letters, dairy entries, online chat histories, quote fragments and scribbles that she exchanged with her subjects, Chen searched after the possibility of “another way of telling" in the aim of portraying the disquieted souls, the wounded bodies and the elusive link between the two.

The book is Chen's closing statement of her long contemplation on the issue. Presented as a layered notebook which weaves in and out of images and texts, the publication restores Chen's practice as an ongoing process of exploration, discovery and research. What happens when actions that can jeopardize one's existence, such as hurting one's own body, in return serve the purpose of understanding the existence itself? Should we see it as a fluky escape, or a relief from the weight of modern life? While the individual response may differ, this book illustrates that there still lies psychological connectedness that undoubtedly link each of us together. Everything else follows from there.

This book is shortlisted in Unseen Dummy Award 2014, and Fotobookfestival Dummy Award 2014.

陈哲的首部作品《可承受的》(2007-2010)是一份关于作者个人自伤史的自白档案,记录了她在四年间黑暗却又不乏狂喜的体验。面对通往自我的迷宫,陈哲展开了持久的掘进,这一努力在其续作《蜜蜂》(2010-2012)中得到了进一步的体现。通过收集和她的拍摄对象所交换的信件、日记、聊天记录、引用片段和涂鸦,陈哲试图延展图像表达的边界,探索 “另一种讲述方式”的可能性,以再现不安的心灵、受伤的身体以及二者之间难以捉摸的关联。

本书是陈哲对于上述问题长期思考的总结呈现。它以复合笔记本的形式展开,穿梭行进于照片和手札之间,将作者的实践还原为一个不断探寻、发现与研究的过程,最终将我们引入一场思考:如果说通过伤害自己的身体,这种看似是在抵押存在的行为,我们得以更加接近存在的真相,那么这究竟是一场逃逸,还是一种解脱?书中松散联缀的图像和文字对此提出了多重见解。无论个人的体验多么不同,我们总会走上通向人类普遍真实的道路,共享相同的情绪,产生连通感。意义或许正是由此展开。

ARTIST INFO

Chen Zhe is a photo-based artist born and based in Beijing, China. She received her BFA in Photography and Imaging from Art Center College of Design. Chen is the recipient of the Three Shadows Award, Lianzhou Festival Photographer of the Year Award, Inge Morath Award from the Magnum Foundation in 2011 and the Xitek New Talent Award in 2015. Her work has been included in public and private collections and exhibited internationally.

陈哲,工作居住于北京。2011年毕业于洛杉矶艺术中心设计学院,获摄影与图像学士学位。她曾于2011年获赏三影堂摄影奖、连州摄影节新摄影奖和玛格南基金会授予的Inge Morath奖,并于近日获得2015无忌新锐奖。其作品为艺术机构与个人收藏,并于国内外广泛展出。