Beijing Commune is pleased to announce that, Ma Qiusha's sixth solo exhibition Tales of White Nights will open on 24 September. The show will present the artist's latest works, and run until 9 November 2019.
The exhibition is comprised of three works, Recarnation (2018–2019), Yosemite (2019), and White Nights (2019), respectively. As a symbol of modern lifestyle, cars remain a recurring theme in Ma Qiusha's recent creations. A discarded second-hand turned installation, Recarnation is the starting point for this show. It connects the wall installation Yosemite and the multi-channal video White Nights in the adjacent dark room. Ma's exploration of the current car culture in China has led her to re-inject the individual experience into the social transformation context. In Tales of White Nights, private cars, devoid of consumption function, try to open up a new route to Utopia for our modern life ever more bound by ennui.
Ma Qiusha (b. 1982) received her BA in Digital Media Art from China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2005 and MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University, New York in 2008. She currently lives and works in Beijing. Her solo exhibitions were held at OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Xi'an, China (2018); Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK (2018); Beijing Commune, Beijing (2016, 2014, 2013, 2012); Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester (2013); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2011); Taikang Space, Beijing (2010, 2007), and etc. Ma Qiusha's art have been shown at prestigious institutions including Tate Modern Museum (London); Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris); Groninger Museum (Groningen, the Netherlands); Borusan Contemporary (Istanbul); Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe); Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (Houston, US); Tampa Museum of Art (Tampa, US); Museum of Fine Arts (St. Petersburg, US); Orange County Museum of Art (Orange County, US); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles); Smart Museum of Art (Chicago); International Contemporary Art Foundation, Bergen, Norway; Stavanger Art Museum, Norway; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Oregon; Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai; OCAT Shanghai, China; OCAT Xi'an, China; A4 Art Museum, Chengdu, China; National Art Museum of China, Beijing and Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, etc. She was nominated for the Pierre Huber Prize (2014) and 'Young Artist of the Year' by Award of Art China (AAC) in 2013 and 2017 .
Press release courtesy Beijing Commune.