Qiu Zhijie

Qiu Zhijie was born in Zhangzhou in 1969.He graduated from the printmaking department at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China in 1992. Trained as a print maker, Qui Zhijie works in a wide variety of media, including photography, video installations and calligraphy. He is recognised for his “conceptual photography”, for which he uses his body as canvas. He centres his works exploring the mundane and daily-life subject matters. In the installation Xin/Jin ( 1999) he playfully covered the walls of a room with Buddhist texts with a special ink that could only be read in the darkness, when the light came back, the visitor was surprised by a human heart suspended in a crystal recipient in the centre of the room, only to go back into darkness after every five second intervals. In Ten Tang Poems ( 2001), Qui Zhijie reflects on the relationship between cultural memory in relation with the passing of time. Video images are played backwards, so that the writing of important classical Chinese poems appear to be deleted.