All My Sharpness Comes From Your Hardness, 2011; single-channel video, 25'15''. video still 02

Ma Qiusha, “All My Sharpness Comes From Your Hardness”, 2011;
single-channel video, 25’15”, video still

Born in the ’80s, Ma Qiusha is an up-and-coming artist living in Beijing. For her first UK solo exhibition with Chinese Arts Centre, she will be showcasing her key works to date. Ma Qiusha’s work reflects a special sensitivity with ordinary everyday objects and materials. Carefully, she re-stages them in an unfamiliar environment to tell a story or express suppressed emotions. Mainly working with video and painting, at first glance her work is calm and expressionless. Only if you spend a certain amount of time with the works, will the underlying story and emotion reveal itself.

Ma Qiusha, "From No. Pingyuanli to No.4 Tianqiaobeili", 2007; 7'47'', video still

Ma Qiusha, “From No. Pingyuanli to No.4 Tianqiaobeili”, 2007; 7’47”, video still

Ma Qiusha graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts (BA) and the Alfred University (MFA). Her works have been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2009, she had a solo exhibition in Beijing Commune and received widespread attention. Important group shows including Soft Machines (2011) at The Pace Gallery, New York, Media Landscape-Zone East (2010) at Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool Biennial, Move on Asia 2010 at Loop Gallery, South Korea.

Ma Qiusha in front of the video

About the exhibition

Preview: 17 January 2013* 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Duration: 18 January – 2 March 2013

Venue: Market Buildings, Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1EU

Artist Talk: Saturday 19th January 2:30pm – 3:30pm

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