Zhen Shi (born in Shandong September 9th 1989, in Northeast of China) is a Franco-Chinese visual artist whose work brings together storytelling and artistic aesthetic. She has focused on several themes including the intricate relationship between realities and memories, self-identity questions, sociological documentations and also the changing landscape of her homeland.
Her series Kwei Yih is a project deeply rooted in her own personal experience. She explains: “After many years of roaming away from home, I found myself falling into a state of anxiety and helplessness, eagerly looking to regain a sense of belonging.
I started this project in 2012, while I had to choose a future. But I couldn’t understand why we need to choose such a lot of things in such a young age. I escaped to the northwestern border of China, where nobody knows me. One year later, I came down along the border until southwest, when I tried to redefine something – about where I am and where I’m going.
Finally I realized that all things I was looking for during these years, in fact it is about how to accept “oneself” as a part of “exist” when the identities questions and all kinds of nostalgias come to embrace me. In this sense, Kwei Yih is not only a journalistic record of the long way that I have come, but also a work about remembrance, imagination and self-comfort.”
More information: Zhen Shi’s website