Exhibitions / QUAD | Dinu Li: Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is Mystery [curating]

03.07.2010 to 05.09.2010

Featuring past, recent and newly commissioned works by QUAD, 'Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is Mystery' is a solo show by Dinu Li, the UK and China based artist. Li's exhibition illuminates his continuous research into the structures defining contemporary China's cultural development. Through a range of mediums; video, animation and performance - Li's productions teases out the broader readings of a contemporary society seemingly nebulous to its politically turbulent past, and to its current status as a force of ceaseless expansion and consumption. - - - - - - - - Oscillating between risk and defiance, rationality and absurdity, Li's new commission 'Crescendo (2010)' is a performance-based video, dealing with the uneasy tension between state-funded propaganda and self-initiated protests. Sharing the title with his solo exhibition, Li's mini series of colour photographs 'Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is Mystery (2010)' alludes to a society redefining its aspirations, as it literally 'paints the town red.' Preceding these new works, 'Family Village (2009)' is a video installation meandering through a world of assembled dreams and a utopian ideal. - - - - - - - - - - Throughout this exhibition, Li draws upon a rich archive of materials including films, drawings, family snapshots, old postcards, and propaganda imagery, to reconstruct a complex world of fantastical imagination, against the backdrop of a historical and political epoch of time. - - - - - - - - Exhibition curated in QUAD by Louise Clements and Alfredo Cramerotti. - - - - - - - - - A fully illustrated publication Dinu Li: Selected Works 2009 – 2010, has been commissioned by QUAD and will be launched during the course of the exhibition. Designed with a DVD showreel, the publication includes new texts by Dr Katie Hill, Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies, University of Westminster, London; and Carol Yinghua Lu, the Beijing based art critic and curator. Dinu Li is an ArtSway Associate and this publication is part funded by the ArtSway Associates programme.