• Li BinyuanBLOCKING
  • Curator:Li Jia
  • 2021.6.6-8.28

MANGROVEGALLERY proudly presents “Blocking”, a solo exhibition by artist Li Bingyuan, curated by Li Jia. For the first time, this exhibition showcases Li Bingyuan’s latest eponymous work “Blocking” , along with a retrospective of selected creations dating back to 2012. Li Bingyuan delves into various spheres of daily social life through actions, video, and performance art, probing into the realms of the body, materiality, cognitive perception, and social values. His artistic practice occupies urban and rural spaces, encompassing public areas, natural environments, or secluded post-industrial zones. Utilising his body as a sculptural material, Li conducts creative research, employing fragmentation and repetition to demonstrate the interweaving of sculpture and performance. Simultaneously examining our everyday experiences, he reestablishes the norms of social conduct.



Li Jia

Li Jia is an independent curator and author based in Beijing. She has more than 10 years of experience working in the art industry, including as Senior Curator at Taikang Space (2015-2020) and Associate Director at Pace Gallery in Beijing (2012-2015).

Her recent curatorial project includes Walking Guidance (Long March Space, Beijing,2023), Spatial Triad (Song Museum, Beijing, 2023), Zhang Xiaogang: Mayflies (Long Museum, Shanghai, 2023), Meet You at the Corner! Dangxia Young Artist Award 2022 (Dangxia Art Space, Beijing, 2022), In the midst of it all (G Museum, Nanjing, 2021), Hometown Series No.1: Hai Bo’s Northland (Pingshan Art Museum, Shenzhen, 2020), A Geography of Resistance (Taikang Space, Beijing, 2019), Other Lives of the Alternative Spaces (Taikang Space, Beijing, 2019), Genders Engender (Taikang Space, Beijing, 2018), Precariousness (Hyundai Motor Art Center, Beijing, 2018), Day Light Pavilion Series (2016-2018) among others. She was awarded the first Hyundai Blue Prize (Creativity) for achievement in curatorial practice in 2017. Li is the recipient of the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) Individual Grant in 2021. She is the inaugural curatorial fellow supported by De Ying Foundation from 2022 to 2023.

Li is a regular contributor to Artforum, Leap and Randian. Her articles were also published in ArtAsiaPacific, Flash Art, Yishu, etc. She graduated from Peking University with a double major in Law and in Economics in 2005, and received a M.A in Art History from the same university in 2008.


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Li Binyuan: BLOCKING

June 6th, 2021


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