Mei Xian Qiu

Born:
1978
Residence:
Los Angeles, California, USA
Nationality:
Indonesian
Trust:
APT Los Angeles
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PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

  • "The Lovers” of Mei Xian Qiu at the PHOTO LA was reviewed by "American Photo Magazine"   

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  • Kopeikin Gallery presents Mei Xian Qiu's first exhibition with the Gallery, titled "Qilin" after the Chinese mythical creature, which is itself a

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  • In the contemporary vein of photography that explores fictional vistas, in lieu of documenting reality, Mei Xian Qiu has constructed a haunting

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BIOGRAPHY

Mei Xian Qiu is a Los Angeles based artist. She was born in the town of Pekalongan, on the island of Java, Indonesia, to a third generation Chinese minority family. At birth, she was given various names in preparation for societal collapse and variant potential futures, a Chinese name, an American name and an Indonesian name given by her parents, as well as a Catholic name by the local priest. In the aftermath of the Chinese and Communist genocide, the family immigrated to the United States. She was moved back and forth several times between the two countries during her childhood – her parents initial reaction to what they perceived as the amorality of life in the West countered with the uncertainty of life in Java. Partially as a result of a growing sense of restlessness, her father joined the U.S. Air force and the family lived across the country, sometimes staying in one place for just a month at a time. She has also been based in Europe, China, and Indonesia as an adult.

Selected Solo Exhibitions: Lascia che mille fiori sboccino, Paci Contemporary, Brescia, Italy (2013), Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (2012),                       Dreamscape Live, Avenue 50 Gallery, Highland Park, CA  (2010), Untitled Analysis, Silverstreet Project Space, Los Angeles, CA and  Untitled New Works, Paulina Miller Gallery, Phoenix, AZ (2009), Untitled New Works, Paulina Miller Gallery, Phoenix, AZ (2007).
 
Selected Group Exhibitions: Reversing the Gaze, The Kinsey Institute, University of Indiana, IN (2012), See Thru, LAAA and ICON (collaboration with Shinsuke Shimojo) (2010), Requiem for Genocide, Museum of Modern Art, Yerevan, Armenia (2008) and Las Mujeres de Juarez, Nevada State Museum, NV (2004).