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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.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2019
Encore: Reenactment in Contemporary PhotographyJ. Paul Getty Museum
Qiu Zhijie: Mappa MundiUCCA
2013
Qiu Zhijie: The Universe of NamingSpring Workshop
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JINLING Chronicle Theater Project, 2014

Ink drawings on rice paper
Location
Milan
Medium
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Courtesy of the artist

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.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from Jing Shen - The act of painting in contemporary China
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