QiuZhijie was born in 1969 in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province. He now lives and works in Beijing, China.
Qiu Zhijie was born into a scholar’s family, and is probably one of the most versatile artist in China today. Ranging from calligraphy to painting, photography, video art and interactive cd-roms, his artistic career is almost impossible to categorise. He is also a prolific critic, and a teacher in China’s first new media arts program, at the China National Academy of Arts.
A lot of Qiu Zhijie’s artworks in the early 1990s shared a common interest; they often involved the obscuring or annihilation of an image or subject through repetition or superimposition.
Here, in the work “Who was the luckiest”(2005), the artist asks who benefit from today’s growing development of the Chinese economy, and who is left behind. Like other photographic works in this series, he uses a flashlight during the exposure time to write rhethorical sentences directly on the film, which ads a conceptual context to the work.This provocative and often alternative approach to his works has made Qui Zhijie one of today’s most sought after artists in China.
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