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(Chinese, B. 1972)
QIU ANXIONG (Chinese, B. 1972)

Flying South

(Chinese, B. 1972)
Flying South
signed in Chinese
broadcast quality digital betacam tape, certificate, and exhibition DVD. 16:9, 9'18''
video length: 9'18''
edition 4/8
Executed in 2006
Private Collection, Asia
This artwork is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.
Shanghai, China, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Twelve?CCAA Contemporary Art Awards, 2006
Tokyo, Japan, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Qiu Anxiongs?Solo Show, 2007
Seoul, South Korea, The 5th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Turn and Widen, 2008
Copenhagen, Denmark, Arken Museum of Modern Art, topia, 2009
New York, USA,?The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ink Art, Past as Present in Contemporary China, 2013?
Paris, France, Jeu De Paume, Inventer le possible: une videotheque ephemere, 2014-2015

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Trees turning into bookshelves, into wasteland, into fireKburning books, destruction of civilization; pack of wild geese flying over mountains, one falling into a lake; kept in a birdcage, solitary, melancholy, demising; books flying off and back onto the shelves, animals going through metamorphosis, natural scenery interrupted by human inhabitation; flying southK

Each film still from Qiu Anxiong's black and white animation constitutes a painting itself, some reflecting bucolic and otherworldly aesthetics embedded in Chinese traditional ink painting of landscape, while others forming strong images implying apocalypse and miracles of the modern world. Crescendo and diminuendo of piano sound is interspersed with Hitler's speech and revolutionary tune, implying the dichotomy of collective power bewielded by individual will. Recurrent images of trees and basalt rocks pay homage to Joseph Beuys' iconic work 7000 Oaks and End of Twentieth Century, exploring notion of growth and hope and therefore adding positive note to the narrative.

Qiu went to Germany in 1997 and studied at University of Kassel for six years after graduating from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. He now resides and works in Shanghai. Well-versed in a variety of artistic mediums, Qiu is concerned with setting discourse between traditional culture, urbanization, and history.

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