Qiu Zhijie’s practice encompasses conceptual multimedia works fusing Chinese calligraphy with video, installation and performance art. His background in printmaking and radical explorations in artistic media propelled the collaboration with STPI to new creative frontiers and expanded the possibilities of art-making.
Building layers of meaning and memory through print and papermaking, Qiu explored critical issues of freedom and destiny by focusing on the geopolitical and psychological attachments to the ancient capital Nanjing City or “City of Failure” for its past of massacres and wars. Informed by historical, social and academic issues of significant cultural import, Qiu’s creative expositions took these works into the realm of social action, and are a prelude to future installations on the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge Suicide Intervention Project.
Qiu’s works have been presented at international institutions and platforms including Art and China after 1989: Theater of the Worlds, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2018), Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors, Singapore Art Museum (2016), the 56th Venice Biennale: All the World’s Futures (2015) and A Suicidology of the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge 4 – On Levelling All Things at Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts (2014).