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"Qiu Zhijie: Social Portraits"
2004-07-04 until 2004-08-28
Courtyard Gallery
Beijing, , CN China

CourtYard is pleased to present seven of Qiu Zhijie's on-going pet projects in, “Social Portraits,” opened at the CourtYard Gallery, Beijing on July 4th, 2004. Qiu Zhijie, who splits his time between art production, teaching, curating, and writing and is featured prominently this summer in, “Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China” a touring exhibition beginning at New York's International Center of Photography, and will be featured in the upcoming 4th Shanghai Biennale opening September 28th.

A prominent figure in Chinese and international art circles, Qiu has created new work for this solo exhibition at CourtYard Gallery Beijing that chronicles seemingly random phenomena observed around China, that catch Qiu's eye while going unnoticed by the rest of us.

Armed with a digital camera and a laptop computer, Qiu has returned from two years of traveling Asia, first the route of the Long March and later on a Pan-Asian documenting tour, with an archive of visual culture. There will be seven or so projects in total, including a photo meditation on Mao's calligraphy and how it lives on, prominently displayed across China. From gas stations to institutions and company letterheads, to the Red Flag, China's most famous car brand. Blackboards, Bookshelves, Stone Lions, Roman Columns and Cigarette Smoke all figure centrally in Qiu's investigation of the living ruins of contemporary Chinese life.

Let Qiu surprise you with his projects. They don't all need introduction; many are “works-in-progress” and invite your immediate response. Your participation and interaction and feedback are - as always - much appreciated!


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