Poster of New Directions Li Ming

In the third installment of UCCA’s New Directions series, Hangzhou-based performance artist Li Ming uses light, sound, and video to turn the Long Gallery into an intimate and interactive environment. Injected into the artwork’s looping narrative, viewers assume roles both active and passive, their identities juxtaposed in an intermediate space of the real and imagined.

Li Ming (b. 1986, Hunan province) graduated from the new media department of the China Academy of Art in 2008. His works have been exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, Fremantle Arts Centre, and CAFA Art Museum, and have been collected by the Rubell family, White Rabbit Gallery, and the Spencer Museum of Art.

New Directions is an ongoing series of project-based exhibitions by young artists from Greater China. Planned for an initial run of ten periodic installments, the series offers a platform for artists to realize a first institutional solo exhibition and bilingual monograph. Building on UCCA’s longstanding commitment to emerging practices, New Directions aims both to broaden the institutional exhibition system for new art in China today, and to highlight its richness and complexity for audiences in Beijing and beyond. New Directions is initiated by UCCA Director Philip Tinari. “New Directions: Li Ming” is curated by Zoe Diao.

About the exhibition

Duration: 2015.10.30 – 2016.1.3
Venue: Long Gallery, UCCA

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