• Li BinyuanGive Back
  • Curator:Li Jia
  • 2024.2.25-4.20

Li Binyuan: Give Back opened on Feb. 25th, 2024 at MANGROVEGALLERY. This is the first time in three years that the artist has put together and presented to us his recent works in a solo exhibition. Li selects from the collection of works completed between 2022 and 2023, including experimental film Trace, commissioned by Public Art Norway (KORO), and Performance on the Windowsill, as well as accompanying photos of the performance art. Also on show would be two videos made in 2015, Rising, and Sinking.

In recent years, through performances that push his body to the limit, he turns his inner endurance into physical imagery of the human body, into a Sisyphus that throws himself to the muddied ground, repeatedly, to interrogate this land with a mortal soul. The body is the absolute protagonist; it confronts. It falls. It struggles. It rises. It stagnates. And it degenerates. We can hardly remove our eyes from the flowing imagery created with a body, which is aphoristic like an aphorism, and electrifying like an electric current. Seeing becomes witnessing.

But there is another Li, who sometimes retreats from the center of our vision, or deliberately draws our attention away to somewhere else. As a result, perhaps, this thread of thought may often stow away behind the most scintillating and riveting performance…

The exhibition will be on view till 20th of April, 2024.



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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