Li Xiaofei | Assembly Line – Entrance
03.10.13 - 26.10.13
Starkwhite is pleased to present Assembly Line – Entrance by Li Xiaofei from 3 -26 October 2013.
Li Xiaofei (b. 1973) is a Chinese artist who lives and works in Shanghai. He graduated from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and is the founder and director of the Creek Art Center, Fei Contemporary Art Center (FCAC) Shanghai, and the Zendai Contemporary Art Exhibition Hall.
Li has been focusing on the Assembly Line project since 2010. He has visited hundreds of factories in the delta of the Yangtze River. He has filmed interviews and engaged in dialogues with people working at these sites for production.
The videos deliberately mix artistic and documentary language. Images of the individual and the machines are constantly being cut up, restructured, transformed and rebuilt into an evocative reality. This body of work explores a number of interlocking themes including the relationship between labour and management, between man and machine, between the factory and the individual and the relationship between the individual and society.
Li’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including: 2013 Bi-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture Shenzhen (2013); Pavilion 0, Palazzo Donà, Venezia, Italy (2013); Portraits, Galerie C, Neuchatel, Switzerland (2013); Descriptive Acts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA (2012); Melancholy in Progress, 2012 Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (2012); Reliquie als Fetisch in Kirche, Kunst & Konsum, Trier Contemporary Art Center, Trier, Germany (2012); JETLAG, Multimedia Contemporary Art in China, Kunsthalle Faust, Hanover, Germany (2012); Trans Media Fashion and Art Exhibition, Shanghai Sculpture Space, Shanghai, China (2012); Assembly Line, Li Xiaofei Solo Exhibition, Mandarins Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium; Ictus Gallery, San Francisco, USA; OV Gallery, Shanghai, China; Pretty Land Gallery, Krefeld, Germany (2012); Taiwanese Contemporary Art (TCA Project), ISCP, New York, USA (2011) among others.
Li has been the recipient of grants and awards from multiple organizations, including Asia New Zealand Foundation Wellington Grants, New Zealand (2013), Iaspis International Residency Grant, Stockholm, Sweden (2013), the Sovereign Foundation Fellowship of Asian Cultural Council (Rockefeller Foundation), New York, USA (2011).