Artist Qiu Zhijie (邱志杰; b. 1969, Fujian Province, China) draws from major political and historical narratives to produce large-scale ink-based maps and diagrams. From Confucianism to Enlightenment, Qiu Zhijie charts new paths, centers, nodes and relationships, scrutinizing the mutable boundaries that outline histories of world thought. Qiu Zhijie developed these series of mappings of the contemporary world based on several concepts that are summarized in the following maps: 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.

Blueprints (2012) part of Prompts & Triggers
Qiu Zhijie

View the artist at work: 26 – 28 June 2012, from 12 to 6:00 p.m.
Shanghai Biennale Curatorial Presentation: Thursday 28 June 2012, at 6:00 p.m.