The center of my work comes out of my observations and personal experiences of the world around me as I explore the basic of civilization, social process, human survival, and similar questions.

Wei Na

In 2009 I was visiting the Sandberg Institute as a guest-lecturer.
To introduce myself, among other things I am an advisor at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and I write a two pages column in De Volkskrant, a major Dutch newspaper. In this column I analyze every week a press picture.
After my lecture at the Sandberg Institute I visited some studios and that’s how I saw the work of Wei Na for the first time.
Wei Na started as a photographer and a video maker.
When we met she had taken up writing too.
The combination of the photographs and the texts she showed me at the Sandberg Institute was so straight forward, yet so personal and so poetic.
I asked her would she like to write and take pictures for a column on, the Dutch photography website. I am writing a weekly column there too. Wei Na is writing in English, I write in Dutch.
Since September this year I started to write in English and now Wei Na and I post weekly on an English blog: Please check it, to get a good impression of Wei Na’s sensitivity for even the smallest aspect of human life and her talent to present what catches her awareness in a universal way.
Coming from China, from Inner Mongolia to be precise, with her way of looking at the world, with her work she is building pillar by pillar her own bridge the Eastern and the Western civilizations. Maybe not just her own bridge, it may be ours too.
Now she had returned to China, she can starting to build her bridge from the other side as well.
I am very confident and at the same time curious how the world she creates once finished will look like.

Hans Aarsman
Advisor at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam
Column in De Volkskrant, a major Dutch newspaper
Dutch photographer, author of several books on photographic investigation
Playwright and performer

I am an artist with an international background and have been exhibiting my art through out the world. For decades I have been a professor in the art at many academies in Europe and the last 14 years at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam where I still work as an Advisor.
I know Wei Na for quite a long time both in China as well as in Europe where she worked for five years on her art. This has given me the opportunity to get to know her art and herself very well.
Wei Na studied art at Xiamen University and the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. She works in the medium video which she often presents as video-installations. In her work she is occupied with a research of people in their daily life and thereby she focuses on the psychological aspects of her subjects. The result is always a conflict with the conventional attitudes and judgments of the society of the person in question.
Wei Na states: Everyone is unique.

Sigurdur Gudmundsson
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