Qiu Anxiong 邱黯雄


Qiu Anxiong was born in 1972 in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in the southwest of China. There, he studied the progressive artistic practice of Ye Yongqing and Zhang Xiaogang. A bar opened by Qiu and his friends became a hub for the blossoming underground music and art circles in Sichuan, and his colleagues included He Duoling, Zhou Chunya, and Shen Xiaotong. In 2003 he graduated from the University Kassel’s College of Art in Germany after six years of studying both contemporary international art and traditional Chinese culture. In 2004 he began teaching at Shanghai Normal University, and currently lives and works in Shanghai.

Qiu Anxiong’s recent work consists largely of paintings, animations, and video installations. In the 2006 piece “The New Classic of Mountains and Oceans,” for example, Qiu employs multitudes of ink drawings and links them together in an animated form. The title itself refers to the ancient Chinese mythology Classic of the Seas and Mountains. Besides investigating the interaction between ancient and modern Chinese culture, this work and others like it have a dreamlike quality: the clearly delineated images framed by unbelievable narratives faithfully depict the absurdity of the world around us. This link to the everyday further enhances the political value of the work, which engages in a damning criticism of environmental degradation, social breakdown, and massive urbanization. Unlike younger artists, Qiu Anxiong does not indulge in the personal pleasures of the everyday, but rather takes the undifferentiated mass of history as his raw material.


邱黯雄最新的作品包括大幅的绘画,动画, 以及录像装置。如邱黯雄2006年的作品《新山海经》是由千余张水墨画联接而成的动画作品。这件作品的名字本身就取自中国的传统神化《山海经》。除了研究中国传统文化与现代文化间的相互影响,整个作品同时具有梦幻的色彩:细致明确的图像加上让人难以置信的叙述,忠实地描绘了我们所生活的荒谬的周遭世界。


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