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Ma Qiusha – RAW at Beijing Commune

Ma Qiusha - RAW at Beijing Commune 07.19 - 09.12.2013

 Ma Qiusha’s third solo show “Raw” at the gallery Beijing Commune. The show will present two video works and a photo series she has produced lately.
The core meaning of the word “raw” is “uncooked” or “being in its natural state”, “not processed or purified”. It is also a commonly used technical term for an image format: raw files are named so because they are not yet processed and therefore are not ready to be printed or edited. It is the initial state of a digital image before any further manipulation. For Ma Qiusha, an artist who has been working largely with video and photography, processing images is naturally part of her daily work. Her reflections on such adaptations or manipulations of the “raw” materials, in both literal and metaphorical sense, have developed into the three inter-connected pieces for the new show “Raw”.
 The two projected videos take up the major walls of the dark space of the gallery. Rainbow, the one shot with high-definition camera, present to the viewers a dream-like scene: three teenage girls in the dress for figure skating are turning around, hand in hand, to mash the tomatoes under their skating
shoes. The acnes on the young faces, the tiny meshes on the stockings over the vigorous legs, the
splashing crimson juice of the fruit, the glowing edges of the glass vessels, and the blade of the skating shoes, all these details seem to be amplified or more vivid through the HD camera. On the opposite wall is Star, which shows sparkling spots flashing sporadically on an unidentifiable dark background. The video was shot in the bushes near the artist’s home on a summer night. The “stars” are in fact the burning moment of the bodies of insects killed by an electronic fly-swatter wielded around in the bushes.


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