Ji Zhou (CN, 1970) graduated from the printmaking department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing in 1994, and later received a MFA from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris in 2005. Ji Zhou's quiet observation of contemporary society is reflected in his object-based works, often rendered in photography or sculpture.
For his series The Map, Ji Zhou creates special compositions of imaginary mountain landscapes carved out of maps. Through this very distinct process, the artist randomly hand-sculpts the maps into peaks and troughs to mimic mountaintops. The topographic representations become literal depictions of the map’s overall purpose, translating function into form.