Mu Li works with video, photography, installation and performance art. His work transcends the boundaries of the artist by broadening his personal understanding of art through the works themselves. Everyday life also plays an important role in Li’s work, in which a relationship between the environment, the general public, and the artist is established. Often, the boundaries between art and life are questioned by the artist’s personal experiences portrayed in his work.
Mu Li (born 1974, Feng County, Jiangsu Province, China) lives and works in Shanghai. He graduated from the Suzhou School of Art and Design, Suzhou, 1995 and the Academy of Art of Tsinghua University, Beijing, 2001.
Events & Exhibitions
Residents from China/Hong Kong
Matthias Hamann examines current perceptions of nudity, in particular in fashion, advertising and pornography as well as in social media. For Hamann, many questions are pertinent, even urgent, such as: How do we process the progressive pornographization of society, in which sexually overt images are more visibly present than ever? Does the term pornography itself become obsolete once it has to be constantly re-defined and adapted? What visual idea of our individual sexuality do we project to the world through our choice of what we wear and how we dress? How do we solve the daily paradox of expressing our individuality while having to conform to society? We are constantly thinking about our appearance, Hamann says, about how and where to display images of who we want to be perceived as. Hamann wonders what are the dangers inherent in constantly sharing and showing more of who we are or pretend to be through social media.
Matthias Hamann (born 1974, Leisnig, Sachsen) holds a Diploma of Art in Photography from the Hochschule fuer Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB), Leipzig. Solo exhibitions include: Im Zweifel für Verzärtelung, MURO Gallery, Geneva; Rauschen, Buchladen Eisenherz, Berlin;Rauschen, ASPN, Leipzig, Germany (publication); and Eye against I, ASPN, Leipzig, Germany. Group exhibitions include: DUST, STYX Projects, Berlin; Portraits de Collectionneurs, MURO Gallery, Geneva; Innen Außen, 48 Stunden Neukölln ehem, Kindl Brauerei, Berlin; Zur sexuellen Identität schwuler Männer; Loris – Gallery for contemporary art, Berlin; Rauschen, HGB, Leipzig, Germany; Pilot Projekt 4, altes Walzwerk, Düsseldorf, Germany; Dreams of a Better Life, Tapetenwerk, Leipzig, Germnay; Oberflächen des Lebens, HGB Galerie, Leipzig;and Anstiftung zur Geschlechterverwirrung, Leipzig.
Residents from Germany
Anton Cabaleiro explores the relationship between new technologies and society through digital means. His work includes the different phases of the creative process, from graphic design stages to the final audiovisual result. In his single-channel videos and video installations he mixes several techniques, such as motion graphics, animation and augmented reality, to combine real and virtual elements within the same environment. He employs concepts from landscape design, anthropology, philosophy and mass media theories to create a synthetic, clean, compact and direct work; paying special attention to how the various real and virtual layers interact with each other.
Anton Cabaleiro (born 1977 in Spain) received a MFA in Computer Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York; a MS in Landscape Design from Columbia University, and a PhD in Art, Design and Technology at the Complutense University, Madrid. Past exhibitions include the Bronx Museum Biennial, New York; Armory Show, New York; New York University, New York; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Times Square Public Space Projects, New York; Under the Bridge Festival, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art of Vigo, Spain; the Andalusian Center of Contemporary Art, Spain; ARCO International Fair of Contemporary Art, Madrid; The Cervantes Institute, Beijing; Marisa Marimon Gallery; Marlborough Gallery; and the Loop International Fair of Video, Barcelona.