"I have created a series of still-life photographs depicting fruits and vegetables bought from the Green Carts, focusing on the simple beauty of the food along with the labels, boxes, and other packing. My idea is to show how produce sold in a humble way on the street is equally enticing as that which is bought in expensive stores with cleverly designed marketing." —Shen Wei
Shen Wei was one of five emerging artists selected by Aperture for the NYC Green Cart Photography Commission. These photographers were given the opportunity to document the NYC Green Cart Initiative, a program that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to underserved urban communities. Each photographer approached this project from a different point of view, offering a unique perspective of the Green Cart program. The images were curated into an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, Moveable Feast: Fresh Produce and the NYC Green Cart Program. Both the exhibition and the commission were made possible with the generous support of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.
Shen Wei (b. 1977 in Shanghai) is currently based in New York City. Shen's photographs have been widely exhibited, with venues including the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts; Australian Center for Photography, Paddington; Seattle Center on Contemporary Art; Kunst Licht Gallery, Shanghai; and Saatchi Gallery for the Zoo Art Fair, London. Shen was named one of the fifteen "new generation of photo pioneers" by American Photo in 2007, and was also part of PDN’s annual "30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch" list in 2008. Shen holds an MFA in photography, video, and related media from the School of Visual Arts, New York; a BFA in photography from Minneapolis College of Art and Design; and a BA in decorative arts and design from Shanghai Light Industry College.