JIAWEI

ZHAO

From: Beijing, China

Based in: New York, US

Born: 1989

Main Artistic Themes: Photography

Web: jiaweizhao.com

Jiawei Zhao is a visual artist. His photographic project Wallpapers grapples with the shifting of culture and everyday life in the U.S. as a result of China’s influence and explores a redefinition of his relationship with his homeland. 

 

Zhao graduated from the Pratt MFA Program in 2018.

What is a Chinatown #1
Pigment print on self-adhesive wallpaper, 42x56inches, 04/2018
Do we still care monumentals #1
Pigment print on self-adhesive wallpaper, 42x56inches, 04/2018
What is a Chinatown #2
Pigment print on self-adhesive wallpaper, 42x56inches, 04/2018
Do we still care monumentals #2
Pigment print on self-adhesive wallpaper, 42x56inches, 04/2018
A Chinese student
Archival pigment print, 42x56inches, 11/2018
Dragon (installation image)
Archival pigment print, 110x80inches, 04/2018
We always have a model #1
Pigment print on self-adhesive wallpaper, 42x56inches, 01/2019
We always have a model #2
Pigment print on self-adhesive wallpaper, 42x56inches, 01/2019
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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Artist Statement:

Jiawei photographic project Wallpapers grapples with the shifting of culture and everyday life in
the U.S. as a result of China’s influence and explores a redefinition of his relationship with the
homeland.

 

He is originally from Beijing, China. Jiawei came to the U.S. at age 18 to attend college, and have been here for ten years since then. The "Wallpaper" series evokes the common practice forty years ago of pasting newspapers on the walls of one’s home, a handy and affordable solution for wallpaper.

 

Jiawei uses The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle as the wallpaper and hangs calendars appropriated from the internet along with family album photos over it to reference the experience of displacement and cultural assimilation.

 

He has also been posing Chinese students in the U.S. in front of the Wallpapers; their experience parallels his own.

Selected Exhibitions

Pratt Institue

Solo Show: Flat Gold

2018

New York, NY

Pratt Institue

Group Show: Common Ground

2018

New York, NY