Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art announces Prompts & Triggers Qiu Zhijie. Blueprints

The Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art announces Prompts & Triggers Qiu Zhijie. Blueprints, on view 28 June–19 August 2012.

Qiu Zhijie, Map of Utopia, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

For the second edition of Prompts & Triggers, Qiu Zhijie (b. 1969, Fujian), one of China’s most versatile artists, draws from major political and historical narratives to produce large-scale, ink-based maps. From Confucianism to Enlightenment, Qiu Zhijie charts new paths, centers, nodes, and relationships, scrutinizing the mutable boundaries that outline histories of world thought. The concepts on which Qiu Zhijie bases the series of mappings of the contemporary world are summarized in the maps titled Map of 21st century, Map of Utopia, Map of Total Art, Map of Chinese History, Map of Nanjing Yangzi River, and Map of Spirit Renew. These maps also form the departure point for the 9th Shanghai Biennale, with ‘Reactivation and Energy Collection’ as its central theme. Blueprints is presented as part of Prompts & Triggers—a series of propositions by visual artists that activate reflections on the defense lines on the European continent and enables possibilities for comparative readings from across the globe.

Artist talk & 9th Shanghai Biennale Presentation
28 June 2012, 6pm
Following an introduction of the lead Blueprint by artist Qiu Zhijie, also the Artistic Director of this year’s Shanghai Biennale, this event brings together select City Pavilion curators to discuss the framework of the Biennale. Presenters include Laura Barreca (Researcher at the University of Studies of Palermo and independent curator), Chris Fitzpatrick (Director, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp), Henk Slager (Head of the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design), Davide Quadrio (Director, Arthub Asia), and Defne Ayas (Director, Witte de With), with Charles Esche (Director, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven) as the main respondent to the session.

Witte de With | Center for Contemporary Art
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