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HeLa IX, 2020, mixed media, 60 × 70 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



HeLa X, 2020, mixed media, 60 × 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



HeLa IV, 2020, mixed media, 80 × 70 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



The Immortal Unity, 2020, mixed media installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.



The Immortal Unity, 2020, mixed media installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.



The Immortal Unity, 2020, mixed media installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.



The Immortal Unity, 2020, mixed media installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.




WEI Ze

The Fourth Genre: Laboratory/Operating Room/Specimen Room



The Immortalized Cell Line is born from the black womb and is the first cell that is able to proliferate indefinitely after leaving the human body. These cells replace the human body in participating in various experiments, with samples in research institutions all over the world. These cells come into contact with researchers of different nationalities who speak different languages and cultural backgrounds, enduring studies including vaccine tests, cancer treatments, and nuclear tests, even traveling to space with Soviet Union space ships. These cells with infinite reproduction abilities have collective conscious and sensing capabilities, forming an assembly that transcends space, time, and geography, experiencing experiments jointly. What kind of organisms are these cells? If life is exemplified through memory, then Henrietta Lacks, the source of the cell line, an African-American female who lived between the 20s and 50s, has achieved eternal life. In this work, I attempt to integrate and construct the three parts of experiments and memories to create a virtual and immortal monster.



Profile

Born in 1985 in Taiwan, Wei Ze’s art projects derive from her obsession with historical recontextualization, counterfactual history and their correlation to actuality. Working on her projects by means of a great diversity of media and theoretical approaches, she aims to develop her own conception of problematic issues triggered by the global status quo. Her works have been presented at the Museum of History of Marseille (2015); Museum of Fine Arts of Taipei (2016); Yvon Lambert Foundation, Avignon, France (2016); Pier 2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2017); Bastille Design Center, Paris, France (2017); Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2018) etc., and have been collected by the Art Bank and private collections. In 2019, she went to Peru for her research project with a grant from Taiwan National Art Foundation.