Qian Zhao
2017 Annual Juried Competition
Winner

Statement:
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 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, to investigate what might be there in that other dimension.

Bio:
Qian Zhao 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), Museumsbygningen (Copenhagen, Denmark), 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). His work has been featured in publications such as “LensCulture,” “Gup Magazine,” “Fraction Magazine,” “British Journal of Photography,”  “Der Greif,” “Humble Arts Foundation,” “DOC! photo magazine,” “YET magazine,” and “The Eye of Photography.”  

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

Artist’s website: www.zhaoqian.co