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LI RAN 李然
b. 1986, works and lives in Shanghai

LI RAN 李然
2013
Singer Channel Video and Documents Installation, Oil paintings, Video(7’ 05”), Document Table & Photos Archive, Slide Projector & Slide
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“The Other Story” is derived from a show entitled “The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Postwar Britain” curated by the critic Rasheed Araeen at Hayward Gallery in 1989, which pointed to the “absence of non-Western artists in the history of modern art.”

Another “The Other Story” consists of three parts: in the video part, I played a “modern” artist, and the whole video imitated style of the black-and-white films in the 30s and the 40s. The document part embodies a photo archive of my father’s paintings created in various styles from the 70s to the 90s. I arranged these images with a series of texts on a document table. A portion of the texts comes from fragments of memory that I could still recollect about my father teaching me painting techniques, or from my imagination about my father’s youth. These texts originate from my personal imagination of that era. The third part includes two paintings of my father done in the 80s and the 90s. I used “Another” as a prefix to the title, just like the title of the video –  “Another Modern Artist”, to make up a “modern artist” within my mind. Part of this imagination comes from my knowledge about my father, and part of which comes from my perception of the fragmentation or entertaining nature of “modern art”.

Detail pictures:

Related Exhibitions:
Performing in the Shot New Century Art Foundation, Shanghai 11.09, 2016 -11.13, 2016
Artists’ Film Club: Li Ran Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, England 08.26, 2015
Absolute Collection Guideline Sifang Museum, Nanjing 06.08, 2015 -10.08, 2015
Re-projecting: One or Many Roles OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT Xi’an), Xi’an 03.21, 2015 -05.17, 2015
A Time For Dreams The Museum of Moscow, Moscow, Russia 06.26, 2014 -08.10, 2014
The 8 of Paths Uferhallen, Berlin, Germany 04.30, 2014 -07.13, 2014
Archive 23 - Li Ran Video Bureau, Beijing 02.19, 2014 -03.20, 2014
ONE MAN ONE NIGHT Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA 2014
Degeneration OCT Contemporary Art, Shanghai 12.23, 2013 -03.23, 2014
Standing in the Shadow OTA FINE ARTS, Tokyo, Japan 07.10, 2013 -08.03, 2013


Related Works:
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Another “The Other Story” – Another Modern Artist


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