Join Dinu Li and independent curator Indra Khanna for a discussion revolving around Li’s solo exhibition at Danielle Arnaud The Anatomy of Place. This is a rare chance to meet the Cornwall-based artist and find out more about his practice.
The exhibition brings together for the first time a newly completed trilogy of films entitled The Anatomy of Place. Shot over a ten-year period, the trilogy includes: Ancestral Nation (2007), Family Village (2009) and Nation Family (2017). The films amalgamate Li’s research from the past ten years, combining Super 8 footage, video, animation, performance, found images and personal archives. They are geographically specific to China, and invite questions relating to conflating histories and the essence of place.
Admission free, no booking required
Dinu Li was born in Hong Kong and currently lives and works in Cornwall, UK, where he is Senior Lecturer in Photography at Falmouth University. Li is an interdisciplinary artist working with the moving image, photography, installation and performance. In his practice, Li examines the manifestation of culture in the everyday, finding new meaning to the familiar, making visible the seemingly invisible. Archives play an active role in Li’s work, and they are often used as points of departure for his projects. His methodology is research based, with an emphasis on appropriation and reconfiguration. Li’s work is often characterised by problematising the document as part of the modus operandi.
Li has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including the 53rd Venice Biennale; the 3rd Bucharest Biennale; Tashkent Biennale 2007, Uzbekistan; Tatton Park Biennial 2012; EVA 2005; Contact FotoFest 05, Toronto; PHotoEspana 13, Madrid; Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden; Oldenburger Kunstverein, Germany; the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin; White Space 798, Beijing; the V&A, London; OCT Loft, Shenzhen; Konsthall C, Farsta, Sweden; Chalk Horse, Sydney; San Antonio Art Gallery, Texas; and Alternative Space Loop, Seoul. His works are held in private collections in Berlin, London, St Gallen and Zurich. He has undertaken international artist residencies for ArtSway in Sichuan; OCAT in Shenzhen; an Artists Exchange Residency in Central Asia through the British Council, Space and Cornerhouse. Li’s work has been in several publications as well as his own monographs and is featured in Phaidon’s 2013 survey book ‘The Chinese Art Book’ showcasing artworks by two hundred significant Chinese artists since the Shang Dynasty. He has presented papers in many conferences including Urban Encounters at Tate Britain in 2017.