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
“Saâdane Afif ‘s work stands outside the usual networks of French contemporary art with a career and outlook that is increasingly international. Afif’s sculptures and installations exhibit a melancholic yet festive beauty. They delight in their own materiality and frequently incorporate light, sound, and movement, seducing the audience with a compact spectacle of son et lumière. His works demonstrate a whimsical poetry and robust sense of mortality; ghosts appear with regularity and there are repeated references to the passing of time and the inevitability of death, most clearly manifested in the recurrent motifs of the skull and the ticking clock. A fascination with music and music culture is also discernible in his works featuring microphones, amplifiers, and musical instruments. Many also include music as an active ingredient, particularly in the form of playlists or as outcome of an abstract translation of ideas. Since 2004, music has also influenced the creation and presentation of Afif’s work. At that time, he began inviting writers to create lyrics inspired by his works, a process of artistic delegation that he continues to expand today. Afif describes himself as a particle accelerator, provoking the imagination of others. […]” – Independent curator Zoë Gray
Saâdane Afif (born 1970, Vendôme, France) lives and works in Berlin. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Witte de With, Rotterdam; MOT and Mori Museum, Tokyo; Wiels, Brussels; OPA, Guadalajara; Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin; Documenta 12, Kassel. He is represented by Gallery Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin; RaebervonStenglin, Zurich; Gallery Michel Rein, Paris and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels.
Residents from France
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.