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b. 1986, works and lives in Shanghai
Video installation
34 minutes 36 seconds

Mont Sainte-Victoire is a mountain located in South France, which artist Paul Cezanne had a full view of from his studio.  During Cezanne’s lifetime, he had painted dozens of paintings depicting this mountain. Li Ran uses the mountain’s name as the exhibition title, trying to construct his own entry point into this modernist aesthetic, whilst re-viewing fragmented experiences that are grounded in our own history. Li Ran has compiled a four-part statement comprising of the themes: Reflection of Images and Scenes, Gaze, Competition and Encounter. During the exhibition opening, a live performance took place with the artist mimicking voice-over styles from 1970s-1980s’ Chinese dubbed movies. The performance is accompanied with a display of three automatically timed projectors exhibiting a continuous loop of more than 200 photographic slides. The images of these slides feature ‘image extracts’ culled from the artist’s own aesthetic experiences of modern historical images of the ‘west’ found in textbooks and art history.

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Related Exhibitions:
Embodied Mirror: Performances in Chinese Video Art, New Century Art Foundation, Beijing 05.22, 2020 -08.30, 2020
From a Poem to the Sunset, Daimler Contemporary Berlin, Berlin, Germany 05.01, 2015 -08.30, 2015
Re-projecting: One or Many Roles, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT Xi’an), Xi’an 03.21, 2015 -05.17, 2015
The 8 of Paths, Uferhallen, Berlin, Germany 04.30, 2014 -07.13, 2014
Li Ran: Archive 23, Video Bureau, Beijing 02.19, 2014 -03.20, 2014
Reading, Leo Xu Project, Shanghai 2013
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Taipei 11.09, 2012 -11.30, 2012
The First "CAFAM·Future" Exhibition - Sub-Phenomena:Report on the State of Chinese Young Art, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing 08.08, 2012 -09.06, 2012
Mont Sainte-Victoire, Magician Space, Beijing 02.25, 2012 -03.25, 2012

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