1976 Born in Changde City, Hunan Province 2000 he graduated from the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts Bachelor 2005 graduated from the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts Master’s degree
“I don’t really care about politics,” He Jie says. “Nor do I care much about the role politics plays in art.” But he does care about, and comment on, the way politics instrumentalises people. The setting of his huge triptych I Have a Dream that I Will Stand on Tiananmen and Shoot the Oriental Arrow (2007) is identical to that of Dong Xiwen’s iconic Founding Ceremony (1953), which memorialized Mao Zedong’s proclamation of the People’s Republic of China. That older painting was reworked several times to erase officials who fell from Party favor.
He Jie’s monochrome version removes both Mao and the apparatchiks from Dong Xiwen’s scene and replaces them with a single Mongolian archer in Red Army uniform, his arrow aimed at the spot where Mao’s head was. This figure— headless and pierced by arrows—is for the artist “a symbol of the future trajectory of the revolution”.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2015 China conducted the Royal College of Art in London style
2014 marks Wing – Hodgkin exhibition, art Triumph Art Space, Beijing, China,
2012 “permanent mark” Hodgkin exhibition, co Ren Yi Arts Center, Hangzhou, China 2011 Hodgkin exhibition, Jane Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2011 “theme beyond” Hodgkin exhibition, Hanmo Gallery, Beijing, China
2008 Hodgkin exhibition, ZEIT-FOTO era photography gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Future Outlook 70 after – Hodgkin exhibition, 798 arts venues, Beijing