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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Chen Qiulin

b. 1975, China

Chen Qiulin graduated from Print Department of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 2000. She is an outstanding artists of China's younger generation, whose works concerned about the social impact of China's political and economic reforms. Chen Qiulin constantly summarizes and visualizes the status quo and various conflicts arising from the  challenges of modern life to the traditional value system. Her most talked about photography and video works put forward a strong inquire to the process of social development and ambitions.

Chen Qiulin grew up in Chongqing Wanzhou City, which was submerged in 2003 by the Yangtze River, as a result of Three Gorges Project. Because of Three Gorges Project, a million residents had to migrate, and left their hometown lived for generations. What her famous work "migration" considers is the physical and psychological impact from the program to the people. Leaving the native place caused emotional turmoil, as well as the recognition of cultural values, has been the object of Chen’s investigation. Chen Qiulin’s works include video, images, installations and sculptures. With a variety of media, her creation has always been in a constant state of development and promotion, introducing bran-new views and perspectives in the frequently discussed issues, with a unique sensitivity to the social issues.

In 2006, Asian Cultural Council (ACC) presented the annual grant, Chen Qiulin is the only Chinese artist who got the honor; In 2008, she and seven outstanding women from other different areas got JP Morgan First Asian World Women Forum Rising Talents Programme Nominee; In 2009, she received the award nominations by the French Consulate to give teaching in Nice contemporary Art Center College of the Arts; the same year, Chen Qiulin also got the fourth AAC annual Art of China's annual influence young artists nomination; Chen Qiulin was also invited by the China Institute (New York), Columbia University, Duke University, Na Shier Museum, University of Manchester, UK Whitworth Art Gallery, Asian Women's Fund and other organizations to speak on the exchange .

In recent years, Chen Qiulin participated This is Not For You: Sculptural Discourses, T-BA21 Collection, The 7th Gwangju Biennale, APT6, Australia, China Power Station Part II, Ⅲ, Ⅳ, The Wall: Two Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition and a series of important international and domestic exhibitions, including a number of influential solo exhibitions in Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Max Protetch Gallery, Long March Space, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. At the same time in the spring of 2009, she took part in video creative work in key projects of modern dance Rite of Spring in Sino-French cultural exchanges. Her works have been collected by many important art galleries, collections and private collectors in the United States and Europe.

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Featured Artworks

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14235 by Chen Qiulin contemporary artwork Chen Qiulin14235, 2014 Ceramics
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space
Another Day by Chen Qiulin contemporary artwork Chen QiulinAnother Day, 2014-16 Cotton, hair, bed, blanket, pillow
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space
Singing by Chen Qiulin contemporary artwork Chen QiulinSinging, 2014-16 Three Channel HQ Video
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space
Another Day by Chen Qiulin contemporary artwork Chen QiulinAnother Day, 2014-16 Single Channel HQ Video
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space
Peppermint—Yi Xiaopin 薄荷-易小平 by Chen Qiulin contemporary artwork Chen QiulinPeppermint—Yi Xiaopin 薄荷-易小平, 2018 FilmPhoto, archival inkject printing
120 x 150 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space
Peppermint—Yan Bing 薄荷-颜斌 by Chen Qiulin contemporary artwork Chen QiulinPeppermint—Yan Bing 薄荷-颜斌, 2018 FilmPhoto, archival inkject printing
120 x 150 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space
Peppermint—Li Xiaoying by Chen Qiulin contemporary artwork Chen QiulinPeppermint—Li Xiaoying, 2018 Film photo, Archival Inkject Printing
120 x 96 cm
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Chen Qiulin, Chen Qiulin Solo Exhibition: Another Day at A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu
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27 October–30 December 2018 Chen Qiulin Chen Qiulin Solo Exhibition: Another Day A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu
Contemporary art exhibition, Chen Qiulin, The Empty City at A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu
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20 September–30 November 2014 Chen Qiulin The Empty City A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu

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The Parisian edition of Asia Now, 20 – 23 October 2016, intends to create a France-based platform for commercial and 'intellectual exchange' for the Asia-pacific arts community. Art Radar previews 6 must sees and speaks to Director Alexandra Fain about the fair in its second edition as well as curator Magda Danysz about the special...

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'That Has Been, and May Be Again' at Para Site, Hong Kong Related Press 'That Has Been, and May Be Again' at Para Site, Hong Kong ArtAsiaPacific : 29 July 2016

Opened alongside Para Site’s 4th annual International Conference (6/21–23), That Has Been, and May Be Again is an exhibition honoring the multitude of voices that have arisen throughout 1980s and ’90s China, that speak to the search for a cultural and political identity during the country’s modernization. The diverse...

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Hong Kong show of underground 1990s Chinese art offers different perspective on era Related Press Hong Kong show of underground 1990s Chinese art offers different perspective on era South China Morning Post : 27 June 2016

A new show at Hong Kong’s Para Site exhibition space is a reminder that mainstream narratives have a tendency to obscure what artists do during periods of great political change.Those narratives affect how we see art history. After the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, it was assumed that the restrictive environment forced artists to...

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One Giant Tofu Block, One Hundred Names: Chen Qiulin Launches Her Career-survey Exhibition Related Press One Giant Tofu Block, One Hundred Names: Chen Qiulin Launches Her Career-survey Exhibition Broadsheet : 3 June 2016

On Bridge Road, Richmond's Tofu Shop International is working on its strangest request yet. The brief: a 40cm x 40cm x 7cm cube of its firmest (not finest) bean-curd mix. As Rebecca Coates, director of the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), says, 'Silken just won't work.'The giant block of tofu is being made and carefully transported to SAM in time for...

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