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Searching 1, Film, dark-grey iron frame, efi GS2000 UV spray © Chen Dazhi

Chen Dazhi »


Exhibition: 25 May – 23 Jun 2019

Sat 25 May 19:00

Three Shadows Photography Art Center

No.155, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District
100015 Beijing



Tue-Sun 10-18

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is delighted to present the Chen Dazhi solo exhibition: “Time Pleat”. All works exhibited fall into five parts – “Outside the Concretization,” “Interval,” “Outside the Parallel,” “Searching,” and “Memory of Tibet.” Generally-speaking, they display what Chen desires to pursue in terms of the natural landscape, human activity, and the spiritual world. For Chen, these aspects constitute his perception of the world and also his understanding of the world through the spiritual practice of photography.

The title Time Pleat evokes photography and the visualization of spirits across the dimensions of time and space. Chen’s ultimate aim is to dispel the barriers between image, medium, and spirit that arise from technology or culture and unify them. He presents the spiritual secrets hidden in the time pleat through the unfolding of realistic images, visualizing his own inherent spirit and subjectivity.


Chen Dazhi was born in Rongcheng, Shandong Province, China in 1966. He received a Bachelor of Engineering from Nanjing University of Science and Technology and a master’s degree in journalism from Renmin University. Before starting his own business, he worked as a software engineer,a newspaper reporter and editor, the president of a newspaper office, and the president of an investment company. He began his career in photography in 2009.

Chen’s Linear System technique infuses the spirit of ink wash painting and Chinese culture into photography. His early experiments with the technique received great acclaim and led him to give full play to the Linear System and expand it to include a range of subject matter, giving his images a strong personal style and unique artistic appeal.