Jiawei Zhao

Day 79: Jiawei Zhao

Brooklyn, NY, United States

I am currently creating a utopian photographic space for young Chinese students, including myself, who initially came here for education in the States. Corresponding to current uncertain times including the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement, my offering focuses on desire, immigration, Chinese students, and the New York Times within this community. My photo-based work will help them to realize and employ their rights of freedom and democracy and relieve their complicated feelings regarding China. In conclusion, my peace offering will bring Chinese students their connections and feeling of security in the U.S. and promote them to find self-identities


Jiawei Zhao is a Chinese-born visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. In 2018, Jiawei received his MFA Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute. His work is in the collection of the Kala Art Institute, where he finished a residency in 2019. His work has been selected continuously for the 56th and then 57th Annual Juried exhibition at the Masur Museum of Art. Jiawei has recently participated in residencies at MASS MoCA and ChaNorth.


Young foreign Chinese people are invited to talk about their experience, current status, and their own space with me, and I’d love to give my feedback and help as much as I could. Furthermore, we should form a group and non-governmental organization to help and care for each other. In other words, we should become a bridge connected between Chinese government and American government to foster communication. Of course, American viewers are very welcome to connect with me to talk about their feedback, ideas and ask any questions. Reach me at my website or on Instagram @jiawei_zhao_.

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