Jiawei Ning, Wei Na
The fifth episode of Návštěva will introduce two Chinese artists - Wei Na and Jiawei Ning and their take on contemporary China and many more. Although China is a distant and rather unknown culture for most Europeans, the formal language used by both of the artists might be surprisingly familiar, spanning between experimental documentary, video art and personal diary. The fifth episode will provide an insight into a very distant art world, allowing viewers, amongst many other things, to contemplate on relativity of distance and difference in the times of internet. Also, both of artists agreed to conclude an interview with Jan Martinec, where they addressed questions about life, art and existence in China as an independent artist, which we are very happy to publish on our website.
Wei Na was born in 1981 in the inner Mongolia, where she also grew up. She has lived and studied in Netherlands, Amsterdam, where she concluded her M.A. studies and also studied and lived in China, Xiamen. Her work reflects some of her personal experience as a Chinese student in Amsterdam as well as other wider and universal topics. She currently lives and works in Xiamen, China. Wei Na answered questions about her artist life in China, motivation behind it, and other things in an interview with Jan Martinec. ☞
Jiawei Ning was born in north China in 1988. He has won many awards in China for promising young artists and is currently a teacher at New Media Department of the Chongqing University in Chongqing. His works revolve around society and public issues as human rights, global media or conditions of work. When asked about the way he understands art, he answered: "I approve of the idea of art stemming from life and something higher than life, the context and meaning of art is given by the social level." Read the whole interview here ☞