Li Qing: Blow-up

Almine Rech presents Li Qing’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, organized with Jérôme Sans.

Overrun with mysteries, fake news, innuendos and double meanings, Blow-Up is a visual wandering in which Li Qing, a leading figure of the new generation of Chinese artists born in the ’80s, confronts us with different ways of understanding, reading, decoding and interpreting the appearances of reality. From painting to installation, sound pieces to video and photography, his work is a verse of contemporary urban poetry engaging in a new logic of visuality. After his Hitchcockian exhibition, Rear Windows at Fondazione Prada Rong Zhai, Shanghai (2019), Blow-Up is a new drift inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni’s eponymous film. Blow-Up deals with notions of observation, storytelling and enigmas that permeate both the filmmaker’s and the artist’s work.

Whereas Li Qing’s work reflects on the contemporary aesthetics of the megacities that are changing at a considerable rate, his position is always that of the observer, that expresses his critiques through games or irony. Interaction has always been a key aspect of his work, which is utilized to unblock our mechanisms of vision. Blow-Up “is a way for me to deal with image information and real experience, to pay attention to sliced micro reality, starting from a subtle difference, a building’s window, a person’s residence, an image in the media or even a subtle expression. This kind of partial and segmented view of the world constitutes a part of the truth, and of how to be aware of the changes in reality”, he explains.[1]

[1]Extract from an ongoing interview with Jérôme Sans


Duration 05 February 2020 - 07 March 2020
Times Tuesday — Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00
Cost Free
Venue Almine Rech Gallery
Address Grosvenor Hill, Broadbent House, London, W1K 3JH
Contact 4402072873644 / /

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