LI LINHUI: X-PARK

Cultarture is pleased to announce the exhibition titled X-Park featuring Berlin-based Chinese artist Li Linhui (Ürümqi, 1990- ) will open on September 18th at Prenzlauer Studio/ Kunst-Kollektiv, Berlin. The exhibition is curated by Cultarture Founder Henrietta Y. Xie. 


18th - 23rd, September, 2018 Mo-Fr 11.00 - 18.00

Vernissage : 18th Sep, 2018 19.00


Once serene,

the rivers of X-Park.

Once blossoming,

the flowers of X-Park.

Once pure,

the images of X-Park.


In the works of Linhui Li (1990-, Ürümqi), there is an ambience of nostalgia. It may be her use of film cameras or the process of how Li realises her photographs. X-Park is a series of performance-cum-photographic works that Li has developed in the public parks inÜrümqi, her childhood parks. Her photographic style shares lucid similarity with Poetic Realism. Inspired by FrenchImpressionism, Poetic Realism movement -created by a group of French filmmakers in the 1930s- expresses the deep longing for an obsolete reality by recreating it in a lyrical style. However, the accidental performative feature inLi’s work inadvertently reflects the controversial societal issues, allowing her work to morph into a type of post-Poetic Realism that documents societal issues.

The performers in Linhui Li’s performance-cum-photography are security guards who perform their daily duties of scanning bags at the entry and exit of the public parks in Ürümqi. Each X-ray scan, hereby performance, disrupts Li’s films; sometimes giving them extreme exposure, pixelation or blurring effects. The results are reminiscent of a Georges Seurat painting. The performance acts as an editing process, or perhaps an intervention for Li’s photographs and the end-results are untamed. In the X Parks of Ürümqi, there is freedom to photograph, but there is also imprisonment of the pictures. Perhaps, one must be in a position of a “performer (authority)” to be truly free in an age of X.


Contaminated,

the rivers of X-Park.

Withered,

the flowers of X-Park.

Imprisoned,

the images in X-Park.


Text by Henrietta Y. Xie


Li Linhui (1990-, Ürümqi) graduated from University of Arts Berlin with MA in Art in Context. She received BA in Public Art and Design from Jiangnan University, Wuxi. Her art focuses on conceptual media, public art and filmmaking. She has had exhibitions in Beijing and Berlin, where she also lives and works.  



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