ZHIJIE~Qiu – Unicorns in a Blueprint
Authers: Charles Esche; Chus Martínez; Bik Van der Pol Publisher: Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam Year: 2015 ISBN: 978 94 91435 44 7 120 p, ills bw, 12 x 17 cm, pb, English Editor Defne Ayas Contributors Charles Esche, Chus Martínez, Bik Van der Pol, Eugene Y. Wang Editorial Assistance & Production Maria-Louiza Ouranou English Copy Editors Marnie Slater, Rosa de Graaf Design Kristin Metho & Juliane Sonntag Print Unicum by Gianotten, Tilburg
The publication Unicorns in a Blueprint takes as its focus the maps of the artist and thinker Qiu Zhijie, departing from the exhibition Blueprints presented at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (28 June – 19 August 2012).
To produce his large-scale ink-based maps and diagrams, Qiu Zhije drew from major political and historical narratives. From Confucianism to Enlightenment, the artist charts new paths, centers, nodes and relationships, scrutinizing the mutable boundaries that outline histories of world thought.
The publication forms a prismatic reading on the artist’s works, The Map of Utopia, The Map of Total Art, The Map of Reactivation, and The Map of Inter-city Pavilion, featuring focused texts from contemporary thinkers, such as Charles Esche, Chus Martinez, Eugene Wang and artist duo Bik Van der Pol, each focusing on one of the maps respectively. The book further includes The Map Of The Third World, produced by Qiu Zhijie during the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, How to Gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia, 2015.
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