Thursday, February 20, 2014

Li Xiaofei in Shangahi

Crabs and Chocolate — Li Xiaofei Solo Exhibition

Opening:Feb 22, 2014 (Saturday) at 5-8pm
Exhibition Date: Feb 22-March 26, 2014
Venue: Room 207, Bldg 4, No. 50 Moganashan Lu, Putuo, Shanghai 
Curator: Rebecca Catching
Organizer: OV Gallery
Special thanks to: Fei Contemporary Art Center (FCAC), Chronos Art Center
“Crabs and Chocolate” is the latest itineration in Li Xiaofei’s “Assembly Line,” project. “Assembly line began in 2010, and in his investigation of the industrial, Li has visited hundreds of factories in the Yangtze River Delta Region. The show will feature a few of these works—a mesmerizing textile factory, and some intimate close-ups of workers Guangzhou.

Continuing this project in 2013, he visited Stockholm and Wellington as part of a residency program. His explorations took him to opposite corners of the world: to the Arctic Circle in Kirkenes, Norway and then all the way south to Bluff, New Zealand (on the southern most tip of the South Island). In this seemingly idyllic landscape he sought out a cigarette factory, a chocolate factory and light switch manufacturer. While in Norway he continued his investigations of this theme visiting a king crab fishing operation and a hydropower plant on the border between Norway and Russia.

The footage he gathered tells stories immigration, resource depletion and sustainable development. Li Xiaofei has traveled to two opposite corners of the globe, Norway and Sweden (where he visited a king crab fishing operation and hydro-power plant) and New Zealand (where he visited a chocolate factory, dairy and sheep farm and fuse manufacturing plant). These works tell stories of resource depletion, sustainability and the challenges of immigration. At the same time, he presents scenes of natural beauty and everyday life which ask deep questions about the kind of environments we create for ourselves and the quality of life they provide us. As we loose ourselves in the spectacular scenery of the South Island’s Lake Pukaki, the potential costs of rapid industrialization come sharply into focus.

Room 207, Bldg 4,
No. 50 Moganashan Lu
Putuo, Shanghai
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