Exhibition // Wei Weng - Water Refuge Copy

In her latest project Water Refuge, visual artist Wei Weng creates new fables based on literary concepts, such as The Little Mermaid (H. C. Andersen) and The Master Thief (Søren Kierkegaard) in Danish storytelling, as well as the idea of immortal beings (神仙) and utopia (桃花源) in Chinese legends. 

Following open water swimmers along the coasts of Copenhagen for the past two years, Wei often blurs the lines between her human subjects and their natural landscapes through double exposure, creating multiple layers of meaning. She uses open sea swimming in her work to visualize an intense form of rewilding among her subjects as they expose their bodies to the natural elements and experience the rejuvenating power of cold water.

The project currently takes the form of a photo exhibition at Big Bio in Nordhavn, and will culminate in a series of cross-cultural events, a photo book and further international exhibitions. 

Water Refuge has been recently nominated for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award.