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Awaken
by Jiawei Ning - video HD | 62"47' | 2016
Mr. Zheng
by Wei Na - video PAL | 03"35' | 2011
Temple
by Wei Na - video PAL | 02"36' | 2010
Watching
by Wei Na - video PAL | 03'22" | 2011

The  “Awaken” | Video | HD | 62"47' | Jiawei Ning

For the fifth continuation of Návštěva project I’ve chosen Jiawei Ning’s film “Awaken”, which offers a very untraditional and powerful portrait of almost classical dimensions. Through slow, long, raw, sometimes seemingly crude and distant, yet sensitive images a story of an almost universal human struggle is narrated. Without explicitly stating the details of the story, the author creates a space for engaged testimony. The visual form of narration (author included GoPro footage capturing the first-person views of the protagonists) makes the experience almost physical and provides us with enough space to see behind what is seen as constituting a question of difference between struggle and suffering, individuality or happiness.

Watching | video | pal | 03'22" | Wei Na

The Temple | video | pal | 02"36'

Mr. Zheng | video | pal | 03"35' 

In her work, Wei Na researches peoples’ daily lives. She focuses on the psychological aspects of her subjects. Her work usually questions and exposes the conventional attitudes and judgments of the given society. Perhaps because of her experience with living in both Europe and Asia, Wei Na’s work also offers an intuitive observation and sensitive commentary on what could be called cultural or international differences, while simultaneously exposing and bridging them.  
The three videos that are part of the fifth episode of Návštěva are all connected by intense observation and individual experience. In “Watching”, Wei Na offers a careful insight into what it feels like when you come to Europe as a foreigner, while in “The Temple”, the language is broader and more metaphorical, touching universal experiences of human beings. "Mr. Zheng" is a personal testament from Chinese town in Amsterdam, reflecting on the topics of multiculturalism and migration.

Jan Martinec

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 Inner Mongolia. In 2010, she got her M.A. at the Fine Arts Department of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, and before that she graduated from Art College at Xiamen University, M.A. Her field of investigation is photography, video art and installations and has participated in many International academic and exploratory exhibitions. Wei Na lives and works in Xiamen, China.

In her work, Wei Na researches peoples’ daily lives. She focuses on the psychological aspects of her subjects. Her work usually questions and exposes the conventional attitudes and judgments of the given society. Perhaps because of her experience with living in both Europe and Asia, Wei Na’s work also offers an intuitive observation and sensitive commentary on what could be called cultural or international differences, while simultaneously exposing and bridging them. 

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 Dalian, Liaoning, China in 1988. He got his Master’s in 2016 from Sichuan Fine Art Institution, where he studied Experimental Image. His work has been shown both in China and internationally, including Beijing’s 12th Independent Films Festival and at Gray Space CAS in Chongqing. Jiawei Ning’s work has won the Future award by the Central Academy of Arts in Beijing. He lives and works in Chongqing.

Jiawei Ning’s work revolves around societal topics using different visual languages, mixing the local with global, creating an autonomous language. In his short film “Son”, he follows a story of a couple whose son is imprisoned by police without any further explanation, through almost strictly documentary form. Furthermore, in his 5-minute-long short film “Events”, he connects different major international events into an unconscious collage which might remind viewers of surrealistic automatism. The piece “Awaken” follows the struggle of an individual reviving an old machine, keeping his work possible through long, distant and patient observation in first person. The need to address issues or topics that transcend the art world is truly rooted in his creations.

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 ☞