Long March Project
The Long March Project, a contemporary art collective based in Beijing, began in 2002 with the formulation of “Long March Project—A Walking Visual Display.” This was the Long March Project’s first endeavor and was conceived by artist, curator, and Long March Project Founder Lu Jie along with artist Qiu Zhijie. It aimed to retrace the historical Long March—the six-thousand mile retreat of Chinas Red Army from Kuomintang forces (led by Chiang Kai-shek), which took place between 1934 and 1936—and included performances and displays at twelve sites along the route.
Today, the historical Long March continues to provide a metaphorical framework for a range of Long March Projects. Through collaboration with participants from around the world, these projects explore ideas of revolutionary memory in local contexts and aim to reinterpret historical consciousness and develop new ways of perceiving political, social, economic, and cultural realities. The project bears testament to the way in which revolutionary thought continues to have an effect on Chinese visual culture today.