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Chen Qiulin

Chen Qiulin (1975 born in Yichang City, Hubei Province, now lives and works in Chengdu) graduated from Print Department of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 2000. She is an outstanding artists of China’s younger generation, whose works concerned about the social impact of China’s political and economic reforms. Chen Qiulin constantly summarizes and visualizes the status quo and various conflicts arising from the challenges of modern life to the traditional value system. Her most talked about photography and video works put forward a strong inquire to the process of social development and ambitions.

Chen Qiulin grew up in Chongqing Wanzhou City, which was submerged in 2003 by the Yangtze River, as a result of Three Gorges Project. Because of Three Gorges Project, a million residents had to migrate, and left their hometown lived for generations. What her famous work “migration” considers is the physical and psychological impact from the program to the people. Leaving the native place caused emotional turmoil, as well as the recognition of cultural values, has been the object of Chen’s investigation. Chen Qiulin’s works include video, images, installations and sculptures. With a variety of media, her creation has always been in a constant state of development and promotion, introducing bran-new views and perspectives in the frequently discussed issues, with a unique sensitivity to the social issues.


In 2006, Asian Cultural Council (ACC) presented the annual grant, Chen Qiulin is the only Chinese artist who got the honor; In 2008, she and seven outstanding women from other different areas got JP Morgan First Asian World Women Forum Rising Talents Programme Nominee; In 2009, she received the award nominations by the French Consulate to give teaching in Nice contemporary Art Center College of the Arts; the same year, Chen Qiulin also got the fourth AAC annual Art of China’s annual influence young artists nomination; Chen Qiulin was also invited by the China Institute (New York), Columbia University, Duke University, Na Shier Museum, University of Manchester, UK Whitworth Art Gallery, Asian Women’s Fund and other organizations to speak on the exchange .

In recent years, Chen Qiulin participated This is Not For You: Sculptural Discourses, T-BA21 Collection, The 7th Gwangju Biennale, APT6, Australia, China Power Station Part II, Ⅲ, Ⅳ, The Wall: Two Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition and a series of important international and domestic exhibitions, including a number of influential solo exhibitions in Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Max Protetch Gallery, Long March Space, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. At the same time in the spring of 2009, she took part in video creative work in key projects of modern dance Rite of Spring in Sino-French cultural exchanges. Her works have been collected by many important art galleries, collections and private collectors in the United States and Europe.

1975 Born in Hubei Province, China
2000 Graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Department of Printmaking
Currently lives and works in Chengdu and Beijing

Solo Exhibitions |
2019 A turning moment, Urban Narratives in Chinese Contemporary of art, 1995-2019, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
Facula- OCT Chengdu New Media Exhibition, Chengdu OCT O’park, Chengdu, China
Cheng Qiulin: Following You Like a Shadow, The Galaxy Museum of Contemporary Art
2018 Cheng Qiulin: Peppermint, A4 Art Museum, Chengdu, China
Cheng Qiulin: One Day, A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu, China
2017 Chen Qiulin: Another Kind of Ruin, OCAT Xi’an, Xi’an, China
2016 Chen Qiulin: One Hundred Names, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton,

Selected Group Exhibitions |
2019 An Opera For Animals, The Rockbund Art Museum and Para Site, Shanghai and Hong Kong, China
2018 Replace with Fine Art, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA
Aquatopia, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Manchester, UK
CHENGDU COSMOPOLIS #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence In Collaboration with the Centre Pompidou, Chengdu, China
Boat Travelling on Land, Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing, Beijing, China