During her lifetime Qi Yafei has constantly been changing her residential address, thus causing her to live as a foreigner in every country she stops and becoming a stranger to her native environment at the same time. This constant feeling of displace- ment led her to channel these emotions into her works, examin- ing the clashes between cultural norms & traditional values and the mindset of a globalizing Chinese society. Although the two serve different purposes, “Painting and video are both my tool or weapon against time and my own life.” The former is more inti- mate and private, Qi Yafei gathers daily emotions and experienc- es into paintings. The latter is more structured, feelings and sto- ries are shaped by the artist’s personal touch to fit a specific timeline. In her latest works “Comfort Zone” and “Fall Right Back To Sleep After A Terror ”, she focused on the despair and the effect the pandemic had on everyone’s life, forcing us to face the loneliness and what once was our comfort zone, sud- denly became our confinement.
Born in 1987 in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China, Qi Yafei lives and works in Oslo, Norway.
2014 - 2016 MFA in Fine Arts, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Bergen, Norway
2015 (Exchange) MFA in Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada
2007-2011 BA in Film and Video Art, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.
In 2017 took part in IASPIS Residency Program, Umeå, Sweden and later in 2019 in the AArtist in Residence pro- gram, Berlin, Germany.
Her 2016 work “Wearing the Fog” won “Best Experimental Film” at “The Broadway Film Festival” in Brooklyn, NY.