October to November, 2019 — Visual Arts
Residency location: Basel
Partner organization: Atelier Mondial
Born in 1975 in Urumqi, Xinjiang province, 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, his works involve experimental video and photography, narrative films, painting, and LED light boxes. Ju’s experimental films have been exhibited in the Centre Pompidou (Paris), MoMA (New York) and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York). Ju Anqi currently works and lives in Beijing.
Ju’s debut film was “There’s a Strong Wind in Beijing” was selected for the entry of the Berlin International Film Festival in 2000, and became the milestone for Chinese experimental films. His 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 16th Jeoju 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. Supported by Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council, his film “Drill Man” (2016) was selected by Draft project.
For his residency, Ju Anqi plans to continue with his film series “Actor”. In the new film produced in Switzerland, he will invite Johanna Lier who ever played in director Fredi M. Murer’s film Alpine Fire (1985) to re-enact an unfamiliar role, namely, the actor. Earlier, Ju has shot Almodovar’s Actor on September 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. This film series will include Jarmusch’s Actor, and Takeshi’s Actor, etc. These well-established directors come from Europe, America, and Japan, and their films provide multiple perspectives for contemplation and inspirations for exploring differing social landscapes and difficulties of the human condition.