• Carrying One Object on My Head Every Day Artists: Chen Wenling Academic Adviserr: Li Zhenhua At the door to my...

    Chen Wenling, Carrying One Object on My Head Everyday, 2020.

     Carrying One Object on My Head Every Day


    Artists: Chen Wenling

    Academic Adviserr: Li Zhenhua


    At the door to my house, there is a creek where a line of poetic stepping stones have been installed since ancient times, which helps the settlers in the village to cross over. When I was a child, floods often submerge those stones in springs and summers. In order to reach the hill on the other side to play or study with peers,The children in my neighborhood invented a kind of vertical swimming style. In other words, we took off all our clothes, carrying them with simple travelling bags on top of our heads. Our legs in the water kicked downwards constantly to move forward to cross the creek. After going ashore, we shook off the water drops on our body, put on clothes and continued with the journey. During the epidemic when the village was blocked, the childhood story nearly forty years ago kept coming back to me, making me indulge in a train of thoughts. "Carrying An Object on Head A Day" is inextricably linked to this life experience in my childhood. In fact, my life story is the history of my art.


    ——————The "Carrying one object on my head everyday" series by Chen Wenling has been created since February 20th, 2020.


    Chen was born in 1969, the year Bryan Adams sang "Summer of 69" at the Woodstock Festival in the United States. In the same year, the exhibition "When Attitudes Become Form" was held at the Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland. The tremendous shift in global art was on the trigger. 


    Close to the end of the Spring Festival 2020, the COVID-19 epidemic broke out.  The ones who stayed in Wuhan, couldn't get out. Those who stayed in their hometowns couldn't get into the city.


    I reconnected with my old friend Chen Wenling via the WeChat moments. I really appreciated his postings about carrying objects on top of the head. The artist stands at the foreground, his perspective disappearing at one point in the distance. Bodies and expressions, found objects and artistic creations, the mechanics balancing the transient moments, are what you can find in the images, which have formed into a consistent whole.


    Buddha and Mazu, Zen and all spiritual existence, man and this era, are perhaps all in a parallel relationship with possible intersections.


    In unpredictable reality, one learns how to live with memory and encounter with history. The artist who has never been present in his previous creations, finally appears as a on-site artist. Performance or photography become his media and continue to grasp the attention of the public, rolling forward with his messages. I'm not surprised at the media that he switched,such as  brushwork or photography, which are inherently in his bloodline, and the connection between seeing, being seen, self-possession and the community through his earlier accumulation.


    He talked about his family, his memories, the logic of his vertical swimming, the weight and the techniques of carrying things on head. The river is still flowing in his hometown. The old people, children and the peaceful times are all included in the description of a beautiful idyllic countryside. Portraits, objects, and the joy that comes from the heart, the sculptural, surrealist, documentary photography, the momentary art, the time-based art and every other thing all take place among people, to generate unchanged emotions and nostalgia. It is like a river that will dry up, or somewhere on a certain day, it will flow again.

  • Chen Wenling, Carrying One Object on My Head Everyday, 2020.
  • Chen Wenling, Carrying One Object on My Head Everyday, 2020.
  • Chen Wenling, Carrying One Object on My Head Everyday, 2020.
  • artist Chen Wenling Born in Fujian Province, China in 1969, lives and works in Beijing and Fujian. As a world-renowned...


    Chen Wenling


    Born in Fujian Province, China in 1969, lives and works in Beijing and Fujian.

    As a world-renowned artist, Chen Wenling is one of the most representative artists of contemporary Chinese art. Known as a magical-realist magician of sculpture, he is also a trailblazer of large-scale contemporary public sculptures. With extraordianry creativity, imaginations and comprehensiveness, he has created a variety of sculptures that are simply exceptional and meaningful. His representitve art works include: Red Memory series; Happy Life series;China Scene series; City Bull series; Grace of My Heart series,etc.He has participated in important exhibitons both domestic and overseas over a hundred times. He was consecutively awarded as “Top Ten Chinese Sculptors”by Arton.net. He is the first artist in China who won the Public Art Prize in the 7th art exhibition“Sculpture by the Sea”at Perth, Australia, and was bestowed “Chinese-Australian Art Ambassador”honorary title by Australian Embassy. His art works have been collected by important public organizations such as National Art Museum of China, CAFA Art Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Doosan Art Center in Denmark, National Art Gallery of Korea, Melbourne Museum, etc.

  • Academic Advisor Li Zhenhua Li Zhenhua has been active in the artistic field since 1996, his practice mainly concerning curation,...

    Academic Advisor 

    Li Zhenhua


    Li Zhenhua has been active in the artistic field since 1996, his practice mainly concerning curation, art creation and project management. Since 2010 he has been the nominator for the Summer Academy at the Zentrum Paul Klee Bern (Switzerland), as well as for The Prix Pictet (Switzerland). He is a member of the international advisory board for the exhibition "Digital Revolution" at the Barbican Centre in the UK in 2014, received as member of the international advisory board for Videotage and Symbiotica in 2015. 

    Since 2000 focus on curating and dialog with film makers and documentary film makers from China, since 2004 involved in CIFF. 2015 producer of JU Anqi's film Poet on a Business trip. 2010 curated Heat: ZHANG Yuan solo show in Nanjing, China. 2007 producer of SHEN Shaomin's documentary film I am Chinese. 

    Since 2003 worked as jury in the film and arts field, such as Shorti (Span 2003), Napolis Film festival (Italy 2006), Transmediale 2010 (Berlin, Germany 2009), CCAA (Beijing, China 2012), CIFF (Nanjing, China 2012), Fantoche (Switzerland 2012), Art Award China (Beijing, China 2015-2016). 

    Li Zhenhua has edited several artists' publications, including "Yan Lei: What I Like to Do" (Documenta13, 2012), "Hu Jieming: One Hundred Years in One Minute" (2010), "Feng Mengbo: Journey to the West" (2010), and "Yang Fudong: Dawn Mist, Separation Faith" (2009). A collection of his art reviews has been published under the title "Text" in 2013.

    2016 The 3rd Ural Industrial Biennale of contemporary art (2015), The Regional Contemporary Art Project, INNOVATION Prize, Russia. 2015 Curator of the Year, TANC Asia Prize, Shanghai. 2015 Curator of the Year (2014), Art Power 100, Beijing.