Qiu Zhijie, who represented China at this year’s Venice Biennale, engages in a discussion about his art practice with Andreas Schmid (artist and expert on contemporary Chinese art, Berlin). The focus of the conversation will be his latest project, the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, which is part of his exhibition at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt . Moreover, they will discuss the conditions governing art production in today's China. The evening is entitled "Qiao Ke Li," the word’s untranslatability ironically sums up the two poles of Zhijie’s art: lightness and monumentality. Spoken aloud, the word Qiao Ke Li is easily (mis-) understood as meaning chocolate. In the transfer of characters, it creates a yet different context: the translation of artistic ability into energy for action.
This event is part of the Asia-Pacific Weeks 2009. The Asia-Pacific Weeks are made possible by the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin.