Lisson Gallery

Li Ran

Li Ran’s practice ranges across multiple media from video, performance and painting, to installation and writing, using techniques such as mimicry, repetition and satire to blur the boundaries between reality and fiction. In recent years, he has been researching antagonist roles in theatre, stage art, make-up design, the production of foreign films and espionage films produced in China since the 1950s. Based on archival photos, character scenes and dubbed monologues, Li develops subjective and personalised narratives and expands upon themes including politics, ideology and performativity, as well as notions of time and space, through his writing painting, sound, and installation.

Li Ran was born in Hubei, China in 1986. He moved from Beijing to Shanghai in 2018. He graduated with a BFA from the Oil Painting Department from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2009. In 2015, Li held a solo exhibition at OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT), Xi'an, China. His single-channel video work was screened at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London and The Jewish Museum, New York. He has exhibited in group shows at the Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea (2022); He Art Museum, Shunde, China (2022); Sifang Museum, Nanjing, China (2021); OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai, China (2021, 2019, 2014, 2013); Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China (2020); HOW Museum, Shanghai, China (2019); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China (2017); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila, Philippines (2016); OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, China (2016, 2013, 2012, 2011); NTU Center For Contemporary Art Singapore (CCA), Singapore (2015); Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA (2014); Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin, Germany (2013); basis door actuele kunst (BAK), Utrecht, Netherlands (2013); Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), Houston, USA (2012) and other venues. His works were featured in Montreal Biennale (2014); Biennale of Moving Images, Geneva (2014); 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2014); 2nd CAFAM Biennial, Beijing (2014), 4th ‘Former West’ Project, Berlin (2013), 9th Gwangju Biennial (2012), and 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2012). Li was awarded the ‘Best Artist Award’ at the Moscow International Youth Art Biennial in 2014 and was nominated for the ‘Future Generation Award’ by the Pinchuk Arts Center in 2017.

Persona Swap

Li Ran
Persona Swap

2017-2019
Synchronous dual-channel 2K video, black and white & color, 4.0 stereo channel
15 min 30 sec

Somewhat Abstract, Somewhat Realistic

Li Ran
Somewhat Abstract, Somewhat Realistic

2019
Dual-channel HD video installation, black and white & color, 4.0 stereo channel
4 min 55 sec & 4 min 50 sec

New Neighbor

Li Ran
New Neighbor

2019
Installation, wood & metal frame structure, stainless steel anti-skid board, marbling wallpaper, literature & ready-made comprehensive materials
600 x 400 x 400 cm
Exhibition view of The Racing Will Continue, The Dancing Will Stay, 2019, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China

Waiting for the New Suit

Li Ran
Waiting for the New Suit

2017
Installation, plaster sculptures, 500 x 150 x 180 cm
HD Single-channel video, No sound & Black and White, 39 min 26 sec

Life of the Pilgrim

Li Ran
Life of the Pilgrim

2017
Sound & Black and White and Color, HD single-channel film
33 minutes

Night of Patmos

Li Ran
Night of Patmos

2017
Sound, black and white, single channel HD video
20 min 30 sec
Exhibition view of Clod Night, 2017, UCCA, Beijing, China

It is not Complicated, A Guide Book

Li Ran
It is not Complicated, A Guide Book

2016
Color and sound, dual-channel HD video installation
18 min 28 sec & 7 min 50 sec, size variable
Exhibition view, 2016, Aike Dellarco West Bund space, Shanghai, China
 

Same Old Crowd

Li Ran
Same Old Crowd

2016
Black & White HD four-channel synchronized videos with sound
15 minutes, size variable
Exhibition view, Aike Dellarco West Bund space, Shanghai, China

Close Contact

Li Ran
Close Contact

2021
Oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm

Always Talk about Positions

Li Ran
Always Talk about Positions

2020
Oil on canvas
150 x 160 cm

Exhibitions

  1. Li Ran

    Li Ran

    28 June – 6 August 2022

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