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b. 1986, works and lives in Shanghai

…Along both stretches of the village road, one sees flowers blooming naturally, without an object of reference or the pursuit of meaning. Simply walking and encountering completed the entire meaning. Here, language and time are safe in their own domains, and yet they represent and intermesh with one another. Li Ran’s poetic lines refract the temporality which was of concern to the artist at the time of creation, along with the related question of modernity. In this work, a mimicry of a Soviet film, “The Fate of a Man,” Li Ran plays the role of a Soviet soldier: he imitates to a tee the affected and artificial style of acting under Communist ideology, and enacts the story of a Soviet soldier reminiscing on the past and yearning for the future….

Text from Mimicry and Return-by Su Wei.

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Related Exhibitions:
Performing Dramas I, Center Pompidou, Paris, France 05.25, 2017
28 Chinese, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, U.S.A. 09.05, 2015 -01.04, 2016
28 Chinese, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, U.S.A. 06.05, 2015 -08.16, 2015
Essential Matters-Moving Images from China, Borusan Contemporary Perili Kosk, Istanbul, Turkey 04.04, 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
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
Li Ran: Archive 23, Video Bureau, Beijing 02.19, 2014 -03.20, 2014
Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video, The Jewish Museum, New York, U.S.A. 02.05, 2014 -06.30, 2014
Degeneration, OCT Contemporary Art, Shanghai 12.23, 2013 -03.23, 2014
28 Chinese, Contemporary Art Musuem of the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, U.S.A. 12.04, 2013 -08.01, 2014
Off Course - A Narration Between Italy and Greater China, Fondazione Querini Stamplia, Venice, Italy 2013
Pretty Knowledge, Aike Dellarco, Shanghai 09.05, 2012 -10.15, 2012


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