Qiu Zhijie, Tattoo 1, 1994, photograph, 120 x 90 cm. Image courtesy the artist and Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève.
Running until 18 January 2018, Qiu Zhijie: Journeys Without Arrivals focuses on the work of the artist Qiu Zhijie, who made waves for his satirical, often tongue-in-cheek calligraphic maps of the world. The Beijing-based artist is known for producing enormous, overwhelming ink maps, which often provide an underlying commentary that weave physical geographies together with socio-political observations. Presenting his works in a thematic fashion that resonate with the space of the gallery itself, the exhibition forms a retrospective that allows visitors to explore Qiu's works.
Born in Fujian Province in China in 1969, Qiu Zhijie has extensively exhibited within and outside China. He is currently featured in the exhibition China's New Art Post 1989, the largest survey of Chinese experimental art displayed outside the country, which is currently at the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum in New York. The exhibition Qiu Zhijie: Journeys without Arrivals is curated by Andrea Vellini and Davide Quadrio, and is accompanied by an illustrated guide. The show was developed with Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, where it was on display in the earlier half of 2017, and Lunds Konsthall, where it will be shown from 16 February to 27 May 2018.