MEI XIAN QIU

MEI XIAN QIU

mei3The Bird Cage. Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom.

MEI48990. Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom.

mei2The Lovers. Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom.

Mei Xian Qiu is a Los Angeles based artist who creates staged tableaux that reflect Cultural Revolution Propaganda imagery. Growing up in Java as a third generation Chinese Diasporic minority, Qiu reconstructed the unknown, fantastical notions of culture, self invented and — by dissecting essential archetypes. After her family immigrated to the U.S. in response to genocide, Qiu visited China five times only to learn it was eagerly shedding its own past culture viewed as outdated in order to embrace modernity. Ultimately Mei seeks, in her words, to “recapture cultural legacies in a fantastical way.” Mei’s body of work engages the constitution of the future, specifically with respect to globalism, the identity of the self and self view, the social landscape, post-colonialism, and that of the larger national body politic.  Mei was a featured artist at Snap! Orlando 2013 ‘MOTION TO LIGHT’ and at our ‘IDENTITY’ exhibit at Snap! Space in 2014.  Her works are in the permanent collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Cesar Chavez Museum.