'Most works shown in this "Social Portraits" exhibit are like archives of my own personal social survey, and include collected photo images, most of which were shot by me over the past several years. At first, I did it to keep myself entertained, following my own peculiar interests without any particular urge to turn them into formal art works. Later, I found I could classify them into certain subjects and categories. It took me several years to decide whether and how to make this accumulation of material become part of my artwork, as I often thought these materials were the results of my informal investigation of visual cultura and a scrapbook of my own that could never be counted as art.' - Qiu Zhijie.

The artist has classified his 'archives' into 8 categories, and he has written description for each of these categories, the titles of which can be found in the 'Chapter Headings'. Artist's biography is included.

Access level

Onsite

Location code MONL.QZJ
Language

Chinese - Simplified, 

English

Publication/Creation date

2004

ISBN / ISSN

Nil

No of copies

2

Content type

artist monograph, 

catalogue

Chapter headings
Qiu Zhijie's Social Portraits - Meg MAGGIO, 馬芝安
Blackboards The Fear and Hope of our Time
Bookshelves Reverence toward Knowledge and Anxieties
Giving Captions to Images
Personalities determine Fates which in turn determine History
Entrances: Roman Columns Today's Dream of Faraway Empire
Entrances: Mao's Calligraphy
Entrances: Lions The Animals of Power
UFO Smoke, A Chinese UFO
Qiu Zhijie: Social Portraits
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Qiu Zhijie: Social Portraits, 邱志杰:社會肖像