The artist imagines the dancefloors where rebels, thinkers and creatives got together. “While they were once the realm of intellectuals and artists as a place to exchange ideas, nightclubs are no longer radical spaces,” says Chen Wei of the scene in China. Such glorious past club cultures have been heavily documented in Europe and the USA, but that has never been the case in China, which is why Chen Wei has decided to fabricate his own visual archive of it through photography and installations.

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CHEN WEI, DISCO #1004, 2015, ARCHIVAL INKJET PRINT, 60 X 75 CM, EDITION OF 6 + 2 AP, IMAGE COURTESY CHEN WEI / LEO XU PROJECTS.