Born in 1970 - China
When Chinese contemporary art makes us lose control, it is due to Li Wei. Born in 1970 in China, in the Hu Bei province, he grew up and still lives in Beijing.
A committed artist, Li Wei goes out of his way to realize confusing and vertiginous shots. A mix of performance and photography, his art challenges the laws of gravity. One sees the artist in preposterous positions, an unusual holler to our imagination. A loud cry, a cry for freedom. He also makes videos and installations.
Against the narrow-mindedness of the government, Li Wei responds through levitation. The individuals are isolated in the cities while the artist takes off. In a metaphorical manner, he begins a flight towards progress and emancipation through his pictures. By suspending his body, he captures looks and spreads awareness around him.
This casual dream becomes possible by a whole set of mirrors, assembly of metal cables and acrobatics. Waterfalls are accompanied by facial expressions and gestures of the face therefore highlighting the fall through humor.
Humor is one of the best vectors to broadcast a political criticism in a concealed manner and touch many people at the same time. Unusual and funny situations are the hallmark of Li Wei. The humorous aspect is even more visible through his visuals and the artist dangerously plays around with this, but in a farcical manner.
He puts his body at the service of his creative expression, treats it like an artistic medium, as many Chinese artists in the recent years. But he stands out by not calling upon traditional Chinese imagery, but disturbing and challenging the usual perception.
Today, Li Wei is one of the most influential artists of his generation. His work between acrobatics and pranks are conceals to denounce the injustices against environment and globalization. He wishes to come back to fundamentals, conveying strong messages about strong family values and love.
EXPOSITIONS PERSONNELLES ET COLLECTIVES
Expositions "High Place", Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris (France)
Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Paris (France)
Exposition "Norev-Over", Lille Grand Palais, Lille (France)
Foire ST.ART, Parc des Expositions, Strasbourg (France)
Exposition "Vouloir voler, pouvoir voler, voler…", Galerie Depardieu, Nice (France)
“Li Wei”, Dock Sud gallery (France)
“Li Wei”, Parc de la Villette, Paris (France)
“The high life of LIWEI”, kunstlicht Photo Art Gallery, Shanghai (Chine)
“Daydreaming with…” (Hong-Kong)
“Contemporary Chinese Photography”, Katonah Museum of Art, New York (USA)
FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris (France)
“Lucca Photo Fest”, Lucca (Italie)
“I believe that…-Chinese contemporary art exhibition”,Songzhuang Museum, Pékin (Chine)
“Divided by The Curtains”, Beijing Times Art Museum (Chine)
“Chinese Visual Festival 2011-lost In Transformation”, Londres (Angleterre)
"Beyond Gravity", 10 Chancery Lane Gallery (Hong Kong)
"Li Wei performance ‘Take Away’ ", Shanghai Tang (Hong Kong)
“Li Wei”, Galeria TRIBECA, Madrid (Espagne)
"The amazing mirror maze of the self", Michael Schultz Gallery, Pékin (Chine)
"Besides Gravity", Mogadishni CPH gallery (Danemark)
"Li Wei », Yeh Rong Jia Culture & Art Foundation (Taïwan)
"Li Wei Falls To …", Espace Cultural Ample Gallery (Espagne)
"Li Wei", PYO Gallery, Seoul (Corée du Sud)
"Transcendence: A Mirror of China", The artist network, New York (USA)
"Li Wei", 10 Chancery Lane Gallery (Hong Kong)
"Li Wei", Galeria Espacio Minimo, Madrid (Espagne)
"Illusory Reality", Marella Gallery, Pékin (Chine)
"Li Wei", Marella Gallery (Italie)
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