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The Bearable & Bees is a two-part project that documents, researches and explores the psychological labyrinth around self-inflicted harm. The Bearable records the artist’s own dark, though occasionally euphoric, history of self-affliction while in Bees, photography becomes a vehicle of exchange between the artist and the others. Identifying the physical self-destruction of her subjects as an act of spiritual cleansing, Chen Zhe expanded her photographic observations with a collection of letters, dairy entries, online chat histories, quote fragments and scribbles. Referring to bees as they sting to self-defense, leaving ‘their lives behind them in the wound’ (Virgil, The Georgics), the project is Chen Zhe's closing statement of her long contemplation on the disquieted souls, the wounded bodies and the elusive link between the two.
The Bearable & Bees has been exhibited worldwide and won numerous awards such as Inge Morath Award, Three Shadows Photography Award, Flash Forward Emerging Photographer, Xitek New Talent Award and Photographer of the Year, Lianzhou Photography Festival etc. The Bearable & Bees is also featured in TV documentaries produced by ARTE, France, Germany; NHK WORLD, Japan and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, China. The publication Bees & The Bearable was awarded the Best Photobook of the Year by Kassel Fotobookfestival in 2016.
Chen Zhe is a photo-based artist born and based in Beijing, China. She received her BFA in Photography and Imaging from Art Center College of Design. Chen is the recipient of the Three Shadows Award, Lianzhou Festival Photographer of the Year Award, Inge Morath Award from the Magnum Foundation in 2011 and the Xitek New Talent Award in 2015. Her work has been included in public and private collections and exhibited internationally.
陳哲，工作居住於北京。 2011年畢業於洛杉磯藝術中心設計學院，獲攝影與圖像學士學位。她曾於2011年獲賞三影堂攝影獎、連州攝影節新攝影獎和瑪格南基金會授予的Inge Morath獎，並於近日獲得2015無忌新銳獎。其作品為藝術機構與個人收藏，並於國內外廣泛展出。
Bees & The Bearable｜Chen Zhe（陳哲）｜260 mm × 210 mm × 25 mm｜280 pages (19+1 saddle-stitched booklets)｜75 color plates, 40 grayscale journals & letters)｜Softcover｜First edition second printing: 800｜Published by Jiazazhi Press｜Sep 2018