“I’m Also Chinese”

For his first exhibition in France, Qiu Jie has taken up the entire exhibition space, covering the walls and the ceiling, drowning the viewer in a spectacle. Amongst all this profusion, a ribbon from a kite or Chinese music from the 1950s stand out. His technical skill is a result of his training in classical drawing in Shanghai and has its origins in the “Political Pop” of 1990s China.

This diasporic artist, caught between two worlds, juxtaposes images of Chinese society with images from the West. The clash of cultures reveals his individual questions of identity, in large narrative autobiographical murals. The epic is written in fragments…