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Ma Qiusha

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2013
3 min 34 sec
single channel video

This video is Ma Qiusha’s narrative of the misery she encountered in her career as an artist. Three adolescent female skaters dancing on the ice are captured, whose white stockings are stained by the juice spilt out of the crushed tomatoes beneath their feet. This is not a metaphor of the cruelty or depression in adolescence, nor is it a stirring aestheticization of violence, but rather a narrative of the artist’s mentality: a beautiful representation of violence or misery, a fate from which most female artists are unable to escape.

2013
3 min 34 sec
single channel video

This video tells a story about the career of Ma Qiusha as female artist through three female skaters dancing on the ice, whose white stockings are stained by the juice spilt out of the tomatoes crushed under their feet. It is not a depiction of childhood trauma, but an autobiography of the artist herself: a portrayal of the misery experienced by most female artists.

Ma Qiusha

Ma Qiusha, born in Beijing in 1982, is one of the most active young artists in China. Spanning various media including photography, imagery, video, installation, human body, performance and painting, her works often tap into individual experience of delicate femininity to explore intricate interpersonal relationships, which is juxtaposed with the collective anxiety on the precariousness of contemporary life in China. The perplexity she encountered in intimate relationships, cautious rejection and arduous approach towards emotions, as well as cynicism about childhood experience, forms the embodiment of individualism on the young generation in a contemporary society relatively prosperous but nonetheless materialistic.

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