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Qiu Zhijie: Journeys without Arrivals

“Total Art explains experimental art through Confucianism; its principle is that everyone gives their best, and makes the best possible use of everything. We are surrounded by strict common standards that make us reduce the possibilities of the use of objects. Our goal is to create a space of possibilities and to make the best possible use of everything.” —Qiu Zhijie

The wide spectrum of Qiu Zhijie’s activity, ranging from teaching to curating, critical writing to political activism, unveils a portrait of the artist as a polymath whose artistic work is an integral part of a larger, holistic approach to life. Embracing the concept of Total Art, he suggests art as a powerful engine for awareness, personal emancipation, and coming to terms with the dynamics of transformation and crisis that currently characterize China and the rest of the world. His diverse production ranges from text- and calligraphy-based works to photography, performance, installation, painting, and video. This publication, produced on the occasion of the artist’s first comprehensive retrospective, Qiu Zhijie: Journeys without Arrivals—taking place November 16, 2017, through January 1, 2018, at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève—features essays by Andrea Bellini, Davide Quadrio, and Francesca Girelli, an extensive interview with the artist by Liu Jingjing, and descriptions of the works on view.

Texts by Andrea Bellini, Francesca Girelli, Liu Jingjing, Davide Quadrio, Qiu Zhijie

 

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