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Interview with Ji Weiyu

“We think that most of the time art is useless.”

Meet one part of the Chinese artist duo BIRDHEAD, Ji Weiyu in his Artist-in-Residence studio in Vienna. To him art is not the act of taking pictures, but what comes afterwards.
Birdhead is a photographic collective founded in 2004, consisting of Ji Weiyu and Song Tao. Both artists graduated from the Shanghai Arts and Crafts School in 2000; Ji also studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Ji and Song live and work in Shanghai.

The duo BIRDHEAD has presented its photographic world in different renowned places like MoMA The Museum of Modern Art or La Biennale di Venezia and was invited by EIKON – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art to live and work at MuseumsQuartier Wien.

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