2016

Zhao Qian
Offcut, The Edge


“I flew to San Francisco from Shanghai on August 11, 2014. The whole journey extended 9,872 miles, and the flight took 10 hours and 50 minutes. The time difference between Shanghai and San Francisco was 15 hours, so I took three days to get adjusted. I slept for at least ten hours each day.”

This series is based on my daily life and imagination. I keep a distance from the city I now live in. Landmarks, shopping malls and new neighborhoods help me to construct ed an un-real city in images and memory – : a fictitious city that is based on an actual place, but that is transformed by an associative process. With people seeming to appear out of mist, the slightly off-kilter images connect to something odd but interesting. These images ask viewers to look again, to step closer, toand to investigate what might be there in that other dimension.

About the Artist
Zhao Qian (b. 1990, China) is a photographer currently based in San Francisco, United States. He has works exhibited internationally in the Dalian Art Museum (China), Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (Italy), the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (United States) and Today Art Museum (China). His works have also been featured in publications such as Aint-Bad, Fraction Magazine, Gup Magazine, Invisible Photographer Asia, LensCulture, Paper Journal, Thisispaper Magazine and YET Magazine.

Zhao also received the Vermont Studio Center Residency and Fellowship, Kala Art Institute Residency Program and the Red Gate Residency Program. His series, Offcut, The Edge, was also selected as the 11th Reminders Photography Stronghold Grantee.