Life Tells Lies (2017-18)
by Yafei Qi
2 Screen Video Installation
When my grandma was dying, she said, “I cannot die, the newborn child needs me to take care of her.” Mom said once, that she would never get divorced, in order to have a complete family. I argued with them both and said, "I do not want to fall into the whirlpool of life, like you did."
Grandma did not die at that time, but the newborn baby did not need her to take care of her at all.
Mom did not get divorced, but she never had a complete family as she expected. And I, like most of people, fell into the whirlpool of life, and I enjoy it.
I’m heading east, farther away from where I came from.
But life tells east doesn’t exist,
not even as a direction.
Biography / Yafei Qi(b.1987)
lives and works in Berlin.
she is working with video, with a background from painting and filmmaking. She graduated with a MA in Fine Art from Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHIB) in 2016, and was majoring in Film and Video Art in China Academy of Fine Arts with hers BA. She has experience in directing artistic films and experimental videos, and joined two directors in several of their creation of films. her works strive to expand the space and break the time in videos. Wearing the fog is a double-screen video which is selected by several international films festivals. won The Best Experimental Film at The Broadway Film Festival and Honorable Mention at The First International Film Festival in 2016.
Director, Screenwriter, Editor in experimental short film LIFE TELLS LIES
Director, Screenwriter, Editor in experimental short film WEARING THE FOG
2016.10 - 2016.12
Working as a Video Editor at Action Media .Co,.Ltd. Beijing
2014.04 - 2014.05
Script Supervisor in film ROMANCE OUT OF THE BLUE, Directed by Ning Ying.
Script Supervisor in the film POLICE DIARY / TO LIVE AND DIE IN ORDOS Winner of the "Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix" at the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF). Directed by Ning Ying
Working as Executive Director in documentary production team of Enjoyfilm.Co,.Ltd. Beijing
2012.05 - 2012.07
Post-Production Coordinator in film LUCKY DOG, Directed by Wong Song.
2012.03 - 2012.04
Director Assistant in film DOLLUSION, Directed by Wong Song.
Director Assistant in program of GOING HOME of Jilin Satellite TV, Beijing
Director Screenwriter, Editor in short film BIRTHDAY
Selected Film Festival Awards
2017 Short Film LIFE TELLS LIES
Screening at Umeå Europe film festival, Sweden
2016 Short Film WEARING THE FOG
The Best Experimental Film ,The Broadway Film Festival, New York
The Best Fine Art Film, Open Art Short Film Festival, Germany
Official Selection,Short Film Festival Diessen am Ammersee, Germany
Official Selection, Split Film Festival / International Festival of New Film, Croatia Honorable Mention, South Taiwan Film Festival
Official Selection,Venice Film Week, Italy
Semi-Finalist,Los Angeles CineFest, America.
Honorable Mention, The First International Film Festival, China
The 3rd prize, CAFA Agnès Varda Visual Festival, China
Official Selection, Lisbon International Film Festival 2016, Portugal
Official Selection, The Moonrise Film Festival 2016 wells, Canada
Honorary Mentions, The Largo Film Awards 2016 Award, June edition.
Selected Exhibitions List
He Xingning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Entrée gallery, Bergen, Norway
Insolence: The Prerogative of Youth, Dada Post, Berlin, Germany Transti, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Open Video VIII, Atelier Nord ANX, Oslo Norway
Life tells lies, Noplace gallery, Oslo, Norway
The Staged Club, Hong Kun Museum, Beijing, China Accessing the Memory, I:project space, Beijing, China
Guestbook, 49 gallery, Murmansk,Russia
CAFA Agnès Varda Visual Festival, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China The metro is a stranger, Island, Oslo, Norway
Hex, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway
Material Light, Bergen Kjøtt , Norway
Passenger, 6th floor project space (C.Sundts gate 53),Bergen, Norway
BA Exhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China Diameter, Train Culture Salon. Beijing ,China Independent Images Forum Exhibition. Beijing, China Final end, Initial start, Beijing, China
Illusion, Digital Stage Performance at 798.Beijing, China
CAFA Annual student works Exhibition, Beijing, China