Wang Chen

Synaptic Forest

Fractured Delights, HD video with sound, 05min30second, 2023 ©️Wang Chen


Chinese young artist Wang Chen's first solo exhibition in China will be on Fotografiska Shanghai. This exhibition showcases two artworks by artist Wang Chen: "In the Woods" and “Fractured Delights". These pieces explore complex themes in a unique way, combining digital video, sound, and performance to transport viewers into an immersive world of imagination and exploration.

In the Woods, looped HD video with sound, 6min, 2021 ©️Wang Chen

Wang Chen is a highly acclaimed artist known for seamlessly blending elements of digital technology and traditional art. "In the Woods" is a visual creation she produced to convey a sense of uncertainty about the future in the United States through looped high-definition videos and accompanying sound. "Fractured Delights." reimagines the impact of displaced migration experiences and identity transformations on landscapes, presenting intricate visual structures through a combination of digital technology and performance.

The exhibition aims to stimulate deep reflections on identity, belonging, and social issues among its viewers. Wang Chen's works employ unique artistic techniques and creative expressions, visually presenting these complex themes in an intuitive manner, leading viewers into a virtual world brimming with imagination and exploration. Her works showcase the processes of creation and destruction while also exploring the possibilities of an imagined world.


Wang Chen

Wang Chen (b.1991) received a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University (2014) and an MFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology (2018). Wang has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Fotografiska in Stockholm, Sweden, Roswell Museum, New Mexico, Lauren Powell Project, Los Angeles, The Immigrant Artist Biennial, NYC, Alfred University, and Crosstown Art Center in Memphis.

Wang Chen’s work incorporates digital video, performance, 3D game design, sculpture, drawing, costume fabrication and sound design. By layering these different mediums, Wang constructs immersive alternate realities that probe the intersections of myth, imagination, and identity across both physical and virtual landscapes, crafting dreamscapes that envelop the viewer.

Wang’s fellowships, awards, and residencies include New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellow (Interdisciplinary), MacDowell Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, NARS Artist Foundation in Brooklyn, and Roswell Artist in Residency.