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Biography

Beijing, China, 1970. 

Zhou studied printmaking at the Central Academy of Fine Arts of Beijing, graduating in 1994. Later on, he received a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne in 2005. His work is characterized for being contemplative, formulating questions through diverse photographic techniques that question common ideas around, for instance, objectivity and photographic certainty.

Through images of urban development, greenhouses, and miniature models that allude to both city spaces and undefined landscapes, the artist’s production expands philosophically as a way to think relationships between perspective, the senses, rationality, and reality. In his Building series, for example, the documentary quality of city landscape photography is questioned thanks to a montage that mixes different times into the same place: to fix the city as a sole, unitary space becomes impossible when considerations of time are introduced.

His work has been exhibited around the world at institutions such as the Boghossian Foundation (Brussels, Belgium), the Yang Museum of Art (Beijing, China), the Modern Art Institute of Valencia (Valencia, Spain), the Three Shadows Photography Art Center (Beijing, China), among others.

Currently, Ji Zhou lives and works in Beijing.