Ju Anqi

Born in 1975 in Urumqi, Xinjiang province, China, Ju Anqi graduated from the Directing Department of the Beijing Film Academy.

As one of the most widely recognized directors from China’s “New Generation” of filmmakers and multi-media artists, Ju’s experimental films have been exhibited in the Centre Pompidou (Paris), MoMA (New York) and Lincoln Center (New York). Ju’s debut film was ‘There’s a Strong Wind in Beijing’, which was shot on films 8 years after their expiration date, was selected for the entry of the Berlin International Film Festival in 2000, and became the milestone for Chinese Experimental films. His recently finished film ‘Poet on a Business Trip’ premiered at the 44th edition of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, which won the Netpac Award Winner, and the Grand Prize at the 16thJeoju International Film Festival as well as three other international awards. In April 2016, Ju Anqi produced a new film ‘A Missing Policeman’ which co-starred over 20 contemporary artists from China. Film critic Tony Rans praised all the co-stars of as the sole engineers of this film. As one of the few Chinese cross-media artists, his independent practice incorporates a multi-faceted body of artworks with film and LED light boxes forming the crux of his output.

Ju Anqi’s solo exhibitions and screenings: Beijing Railway, Mo Shang Experiment, Beijing, China (2016); Big Characters, Beijing 3 Gallery, Beijing, China (2016); Ju Anqi: Action Trilogy, UCCA, Beijing, China (2015); Action Triology: Ju Anqi’s Retrospective, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China (2015). His worldwide group exhibitions in the recent years are: Tales of Our Time Film Program, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (2016); The Vågestykke Project, National Public Art Organization, Bergen University College, Norway (2017), China Independent 2017, Filmpodium Der Stadt, Zurich, Switzerland (2017); Go Live, Tong Gallery, Beijing, China (2016); Art of the Real, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea (2016); Cross Boundaries: Moving Images from China, Barcelona, Spain; Santa Monica, USA (2016); DRAFT, Institute for Contemporary Art Research, Zurich, Switzerland (2016); Imagery and Imagination – Uneasy Trip to China (curatorial program at the Fourth Arkipel International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival), Jakarta, Indonesia (2016); A Desire to Express in Cold Form, Mo Shang Gallery, Beijing, China (2016); Covered Art of the Real, Lincoln Center, New York, USA (2015); Ash, Blade, Frame, Ocean, Jimei x Arles: East West Encounters International Photo Festival, Xiamen, China (2015); No Real Body – Third Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Ural, Russia (2015); DIE 8 DER WEGE, Uferhallen, Berlin, Germany (2014); What About China?, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2003).

Ju Anqi currently lives and works in Beijing, China.


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