Escape (My Family History)

2016
Chain link fence, Spotlights

Escape (My Family History) is a socially-engaged work made from quotidian materials, inspired by the artist’s personal experience of growing up in the city of Dongguan, on the border between Mainland China and Hong Kong. The work consists of two chain-link fences – universal symbols of restraint and division –standing opposite one another on a level plain of grass. Each fence is affixed with a roving searchlight whose illuminated trajectories occasionally intersect to form a cross on
the ground between them. Over the duration of the exhibition, the grass that has been continually exposed to both searchlights will grow taller and more vibrant than the surrounding vegetation, thus creating an abstract, organic sign. Li’s powerful yet understated work thus evokes the geopolitical anxiety of border controls and illegal immigration. The title alludes to the human desire to seek out a better life beyond national borders; one shared by many of Li’s family members as well as countless people all over the world.

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About The Artist

Li Jinghu’s poetically-charged, minimalist approach is chiefly influenced by his personal experience of living and working in the city of Dongguan – an area that has become a major manufacturing hub in the Pearl River Delta. Using materials ‘Made in China’ to reflect on China’s contemporary socio-political, economic and cultural reality, Li’s work is characterized by its simple and restrained formal presentation, and celebrated for its powerful impact and emotional depth.

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Li Jinghu

Born: 1972

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