My curiosity about the environment and materiality drives me to capture these momentary and conscious images. They are fragmented, yet like suspended, silent, slow poetic processes that project the fluidity and anticipation of matter. I seek out all the senses produced by everyday life and the city, as well as the hidden, overlooked, re-edited visual cues, which remind me of what was and what is happening now. The metaphorical daily materiality of the images produces interesting or absurd frictions that may be overlooked by most fast-paced walkers, and I value these frictions as they give me a new perspective to interpret the objects themselves and the images themselves. I hope these images make people slow down and take a moment to rethink how objects, environments, textures, smells, and emotions are represented and reproduced in everyday life.
Junwei Chen, born in Shanghai, China in 1997, is currently studying MA Photography at the Royal College of Art and will graduate in July 2021. The origins of her photographic practice are often inspired by the subtle collisions of everyday life and embark on a journey with those hidden, overlooked, and re-edited visual cues. The absence of the body creates a strong sense of presence in the work, and the metaphorical everyday materiality of the images creates absurd and intriguing frictions that give her a range of new perspectives to interpret the objects themselves and the images themselves, capturing specific trivial details in random scenarios. At the same time, she is also looking at the combination of photography with other media and materials, or rather, the new possibilities of photography itself.