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Qiu Zhijie

Chinese, b. 1969

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Qiu Zhijie

Chinese, b. 1969

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Qiu Zhijie is known for his text- and calligraphy-based practice, which encompasses photography, performance, installation, painting, and video. His works explore the struggle of self-assertion, particularly with reference to Chinese history. Qiu, who has a background in printmaking, became infamous for his labor intensive project of copying a 4th-century Chinese calligraphic work over 4000 times in seven years on the same sheet of paper. Qiu frequently photographs or films his writing performances, and produces what he has termed “calli-photo-graphy.” Within this category, some of his most famous works include his “Tattoo” series (begun 1994), in which Qiu painted words and patterns onto his own body.

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Biography

Qiu Zhijie is known for his text- and calligraphy-based practice, which encompasses photography, performance, installation, painting, and video. His works explore the struggle of self-assertion, particularly with reference to Chinese history. Qiu, who has a background in printmaking, became infamous for his labor intensive project of copying a 4th-century Chinese calligraphic work over 4000 times in seven years on the same sheet of paper. Qiu frequently photographs or films his writing performances, and produces what he has termed “calli-photo-graphy.” Within this category, some of his most famous works include his “Tattoo” series (begun 1994), in which Qiu painted words and patterns onto his own body.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
UCCA
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Flash Art, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Articles Featuring Qiu Zhijie
A New Nationalism Is Brewing at the Venice Biennale—but It’s Not the Kind You Think
May 12th, 2017
A New Nationalism Is Brewing at the Venice Biennale—but It’s Not the Kind You Think
Art Taipei Ups the Ante with Influx of International Galleries
Oct 30th, 2015
Art Taipei Ups the Ante with Influx of International Galleries
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