BEES
2010-2012



… if hurt, they breathe
Venom into their bite, cleave to the veins
And let the sting lie buried, and leave their lives
Behind them in the wound
- Virgil, The Georgics


Bees features a collection of people who, faced with chaos, violence, alienation and irredeemable losses in life, feel propelled to leave physical traces and markings on their bodies in order to testify and preserve a pure and sensitive mind from within. The project compromises 90 photographs and 40 journals & letters exchanged between Zhe Chen and her subjects in the duration of two years.


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THE BEARABLE
2007-2010



I want to share this emptiness with you,
not to fill a silence with false notes or put tracks through the void.
I want to share this wilderness of failure.
The others have built you a highway -
fast names in both directions.
I offer a journey without direction, certainty and sweet conclusion.
When the light faded, I went to search for myself.
There are many paths, and many destinations.
- Derek Jarman, Garden


The Bearable is a confessional photo-documentation of Zhe Chen's self-harm history spanning half a decade.



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