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Long March
by Qin Ga

Lu Jie (Curator of Long March)
Chief Curator Long March Project
25000 Cultural Transmission Center
Mailbox 8503
Beijing, China 100015

Artist Qin Ga participated in the project from Beijing by remotely following the Long March team’s movements. The artist first tattooed a map of China onto his back, and then would tattoo each new site that the Long March team would arrive at in its respective position on the map, permanently leaving behind each route and site.

When the Long March team declared a temporary stop to the project on September 2002, at Site 12 (Luding Bridge, Sichuan Province), Qin Ga’s tattoo work also stopped. Through a small needle, the 25000 li (6,000 mile) Long March was miniaturized onto Qin Ga’s back. His body is both an artwork and a Long March object, combining together elements of history, and collective and individual memory.

The Miniature Long March
Stage 1 – This work was directed at and made for, “The Long March – A Walking Visual Display”, a major art project carried out from 28 June
- 30 August, 2002.

The final site of the Long March and the foundation of a new Utopian society (2005)
Copyright © Qin Ga
As the Long March team was traveling from Ruijin – Yan’an, I kept in close contact with the team from Beijing through modern telecommunication methods, following their route and advance by tattooing each new site they would reach onto my back, and recording the process with video and photography. When the Long March temporarily stopped at Luding Bridge (Site 12) and returned to Beijing, I also temporarily stopped “The Miniature Long March”.

Remotely following the Long March team's progress in 2002
Copyright © Qin Ga
  Stage 2 - Nearly three years after the work was first started, I decided that I would go from Beijing to Luding Bridge, continuing the Long March where it had left off in 2002. From 1 May - 1 June, 2005, I trekked across the snowy mountains, the swampy grasslands, and made my way to Yan’an.

The journey was conducted using a variety of transportation methods including train, long distance buses, in the back of a truck, on a tractor, as well as walking.

Every time we reached a new site, I would have the site and route tattooed onto my back, recording the process with video and photography, as well as collecting the daily items used during the journey as an archive of the process itself.

Traveling with me were tattoo artist Gao Xiang, photographer and cameraman Liu Ding, Gao Feng, and Mei Er.



Artist Biography

Qin Ga
1971 - Born in Inner Mongolia
1997 - BFA, Sculpture Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
2004 - MFA Sculpture Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing Lives and works in Beijing Solo Exhibition
2005 - The Miniature Long March 2002-2005, Long March Space, Beijing, China

Selected Exhibitions
2005 - A Second Sight - Second Prague International Biennale Contemporary Art, National Gallery Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
2004 - The Long March Pavilion, Le moine et le demon Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France
Shanghai Assemblage 2000-2004,The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Olso, Norway
Designed in France, Made in China, Espace Paul Ricard, Paris

2003 - Space Art Exhibition, Jun Feng Hua Ting, Beijing
Drifting - A Contemporary Art Exhibition, Post Modern City, Beijing

2002 - The Long March - A Walking Visual Display, different sites in China
2001 - Dreaming to Country, Shanxi, China
2000 - Fuck Off, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai

Documentary Show of Chinese Avant-garde Art in the 1990s, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan
Fifth Lyon Biennale, Lyon Contemporary Art Museum, France
Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Sculpture, Qingdao Sculpture Museum, China
Obsession with Harm, Sculpture Institute of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
Century Gate-Invitational Exhibition of Chinese Art

1979 - 1999, Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China
1999 - Second Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Post-Sense Sensibility-Alien Bodies and Delusion, Beijing
1998 - Inlays-Contemporary Art of Three Artists, Passage Gallery, Beijing China
Yu Zi Paradise International Sculpture Symposium, Yu Zi Paradise, Guilin, China
1995 - Hiroshima’95, International Conference Center, Hiroshima Japan

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