Ze Wei’s multimedia projects evolve from questions about history and its re-contextualisation against the background of current geopolitical conditions. In regard to the history of her home country Taiwan, she is particularly interested in the possible meanings and interpretation of concepts such as nation, identity, territory and borders, as well as their manifestations in the form of geographical places. Ze Wei’s current project is concerned with the changeable history of Armenia. In 2014 she visited the ruined city of Ani in today’s Turkey for the first time: once a flourishing medieval metropolis of the Armenians, later occupied by Mongols and Turks and finally abandoned to decay, it still remains a place of identity-creation for the Armenian Diaspora world-wide. As an outcome Wei produced the photo series Série I (7 photographs of historical buildings, or rather ruins), which she is showing alongside further objects and documentary materials in her exhibition, for which she has chosen a title from the Koran. By photographing thousands of visual fragments of the region and the ruins of Ani from diverse perspectives and at different times, and assembling these piece by piece – like an archaeologist – into a single, never entirely sharp image, she reflects on the defining influence of the respective, very different interpretations of history which are applied on a same historical site.
12.04. – 06.05.2018
Tue - Sun: 2 - 7pm