About a year ago, Xu Xiaodong mentioned that Chen Qiushi is alive, but because of certain restrictions (he was banned from all social media), Xu was unable to get him online. However, he was apparently in custody for very long and he could move around under close watch. It has also been rumoured that Chen’s mother was “held hostage” somewhere.
Chen is back on Twitter but his YouTube as this moment, is still not updated. Not surprisingly, he didn’t say very much as he is not allowed to say too much. We’ll have to wait and see what happens next.