Paper Dialogues: The Dragon and Our Stories

Paper Dialogues: The Dragon and Our Stories

An exhibition that explores the similarities between Nordic and Chinese culture and tradition through an art form that traces its roots back more than 1500 years.

Danish papercut artist Karin Bit Vejle (Bit), and Chinese artist and Professor Xiaoguang Qiao (Professor Qiao), began their cross-cultural collaboration in 2010. Over more than decade, the partnership between Bit and Professor Qiao grew to become a world-traveling exhibition that explores the intersections of art, culture and tradition through papercuts that are impressively intricate and at times massive in scale. 

“The collaboration has been a learning process. We haven’t been able to talk directly to one another, but we have decoded each other and created a different kind of dialogue. I feel that I have seen his heart – that we look into each other’s soul. It has been fantastic to get to know another papercutting artist, a different culture and a different country like this.” – Bit

Bit and Professor Qiao approach their shared vision through varied styles of presentation. For example, Bit employs lighting and shadow to bring a three-dimensional presence to two-dimensional work mounted between panes of glass, while Professor Qiao’s 30-foot papercut dragon winds its way through space, commanding attention, and reverence.

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