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Offcut, the edge

Offcut, the edge
Zhao Qian
Jiazazhi Press
English and Chinese


64 Pages
ISBN 9789881457523


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 constructed an unreal 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 and to investigate what might be there in that other dimension. 

About the Artist:
Zhao Qian is a photographer and artist, who was born in China and currently lives in San Francisco.  He has exhibited internationally such as Rathfarnham Castle (Dublin, Ireland), French Pavilion (Zagreb, Croatia), MACRO / Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (Rome, Italy), Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans, USA), Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA,USA), Today Art Museum (BeiJing, China) and Dalian Art Museum (Dalian, China). In 2016 he had solo shows in 001 GALLERY (Rome, Italy), Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery (Tokyo, Japan) and Lianzhou Foto festival (Guangdong, China). His work has been featured in publications such as “British Journal of Photography”,”Der Greif” DOC! photo magazine” “LensCulture” and “Yet Magazine”. 

 Zhao Qian has received “Vermont Studio Center Residency and Fellowship”, “The Cow House Studio Artist Residency and Grant”, “HANGAR/ Artistic Research Center Artist Residency Program” and “Kala Art Institute Residency Program”. His “Offcut, the edge” has been selected as 11th Reminders Photography Stronghold Grantee.

About the Publisher:
Jiazazhi Photobook Library specialized in Chinese and East Asian Photobooks. They are based in Ningbo, China. Besides the publications by Jiazazhi Press, they also sell selective books by other publishers or self-published books by Chinese photographers, as well as some photobooks from other East Asian Countries.