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Xi Li 李曦 (b.1997)

Xi Li 李曦, also known as Li Xi/xixitv, is an interdisciplinary artist. Born in Harbin, China, based in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2019, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photo Media from Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. In 2021, she received a Master of Fine Arts (with first-class honours) from Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. Her creative practice encompasses a range of media, including digital film, moving images, animation, 3D-printed sculptures, performance, spatial installations, virtual reality, games, and diagrams. Her work often presents the interaction between physical experiences and the digital realm through grand narratives and extensive projects.

Xi Li integrates various research frameworks, such as psychoanalysis, postmodernity, semiotics, and phenomenology, to express a series of self-mythologies and critical dialogues. Her interests focus on the complexity of subjective and collective experiences, exploring the construction and transformation of consciousness and subjectivity in contemporary digital technology, capitalism, cyberspace, popular and subcultures, and the intersections of ideologies.

 

Additionally, her cross-cultural background sparks a particular interest in issues related to the fluidity of global diaspora and identity, gender and racial belonging, marginalization, colonization, geopolitical dynamics, and deterritorialization; also pays attention to artificial landscapes and hyper-cultural spirit landscapes. Xi Li is dedicated to merging theoretical research with artistic practice, constituting expressions and challenges that link the two realms.

 

Xi Li is active in New Zealand and the international art scene, with recent exhibitions in Australia and Austria. Her recent solo exhibitions include "The Transcendence Labyrinth of Idols" at Te Tuhi, "The Generation of The Hyperreal" at The Arts House Trust, and "Spirit Ether" at The Physics Room Contemporary Art Space.

Education
  • 2020-2021  Master of Fine Arts (with first-class honours), Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland

  • 2016-2019  Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photo Media, Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design

solo Exhibitions
  • 2023  ↪︎I↩︎ (Within Web of Mask), Aotearoa Digital Arts Network, Online 🔗

  • 2023  Unveiled Realms, Scott Lawrie Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand 🔗

  • 2022   Prosperity or Emptiness, Masons Screen, Wellington, New Zealand 🔗

  • 2022  The Transcendence Labyrinth of Idols, Te Tuhi, Auckland, New Zealand 🔗

  • 2022  The Generation of the Hyperreal, The Arts House Trust, Pah Homestead, Auckland, New Zealand 🔗

  • 2021  Spirit Ether by Xi Li 李曦, The Physics Room Contemporary Art Space, Christchurch, New Zealand 🔗

  • 2021  Spirit Ether, Window Gallery, Online 🔗

Duo Exhibitions
  • 2020  Free of Charge, Meanwhile Gallery, Online 🔗

Selected Group Exhibitions
  • 2023  Hope. A Politics of Healing, Unsafe+Sounds Festival, Vienna, Austria 🔗

  • 2023  The Unreliable Landscapes, Unreliable landscapes online exhibition platform, Online 🔗

  • 2022  In Touch, Asia New Zealand Foundation, Online 🔗

  • 2022  Inhuman Transaction, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland,  New Zealand 

  • 2022  Art in the City - Urban Walls, Te Waihorotiu Station (Aotea), Auckland, New Zealand

  • 2022  Transcending Bodies, PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery, Canberra, Australia 🔗

  • 2021  Cruel Optimism, Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland, New Zealand 🔗

  • 2020  Ratatouille by Fluid Borders, Audio Foundation, Auckland, New Zealand

  • 2019  Terminal, Sosâge Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand 

  • 2019  Eden Arts Awards, Webb's, Auckland, New Zealand 

  • 2019  The Last Meninas, Pearce Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Books, Publications and References
  • 2023  Unreliable Landscapes newspaper publication, Unreliable Landscapes Project

  • 2023  The Happy Kids Archive publication, The Happy Kids Archive

  • 2023  Cruel Optimism Zine, Artspace Aotearoa

Awards and Nominations
  • 2021  Iris Fisher Scholarship 

  • 2021  Simon Devitt Prize for Photography finalist

  • 2019  Whitecliffe College of Arts And Design Photo Media Prize

  • 2019  Eden Arts Trust Art Awards finalist

SELECTED PRESS
  • 2023  Embedded Symbols in Neither Space (in conversation with Sophie Davis), Aotearoa Digital Arts Network 🔗

  • 2023  Xi Li "Unveiled Realms" + Group show "Watershed", Artsdiary 🔗

  • 2023  Magic Between Worlds: on Masons Screen(reviewed by Sinead Overbye), Circuit Artist Moving Image Aotearoa New Zealand 🔗

  • 2023  Exhibition explores culture and celebrity, Times Online 🔗

  • 2023  Sardonic or Sincere Guidance Towards Enlightenment? (reviewed by John Hurrell), EyeContact 🔗

  • 2022  IN TOUCH - Being, Becoming (in conversation with Asia New Zealand Foundation), Asia New Zealand Foundation 🔗

  • 2022  Ritual of Feeling (reviewed by Misong Kim), Circuit Artist Moving Image Aotearoa New Zealand 🔗

  • 2022  Xi Li 李曦 - The Generation of the Hyperreal photographs taken during the live performance, Artsdiary 🔗

  • 2022  Artist to Watch, METRO Magazine - Spring 2022 Issue 436 

  • 2022  Photo-Stories: Virtual Self with artist Xi Li 李曦 (in conversation with Gabrielle Hall-Lomax), PhotoAccess 🔗

  • 2022  Optimism has its precedents: situating the rise of NFTs by Nina Dyer, Aotearoa Digital Arts Network 🔗

  • 2022  Xi Li Cruel Optimism Interview (in conversation with Artspace Aotearoa), Artspace Aotearoa 🔗

  • 2022  Art, Not Science Episode 34 (in conversation with Abby Cunnane), The Physics Room Contemporary Art Space 🔗

  • 2021  Circuit Cast Episode 95 (in conversation with Connor Fitzgerald and Moya Lawson), Circuit Artist Moving Image Aotearoa New Zealand 🔗

  • 2019  SOSÂGE - Group exhibition - Terminal, Artsdiary 🔗

Commissions
  • 2023  ↪︎I↩︎ (Within Web of Mask), Aotearoa Digital Arts Network supported by Creative New Zealand

  • 2022  Prosperity or Emptiness, Circuit Artist Moving Image Aotearoa New Zealand and Wellington City Council

  • 2022  The Idol Reveal: Transcendence Portrait - Idol III, Te Tuhi

  • 2022  The Idol Reveal: Transcendence Portrait - Idol II, Te Tuhi

  • 2022  The Idol Reveal: Transcendence Portrait - Idol I , Te Tuhi

  • 2022  The Idol Reveal: Infatuation Illuminated Pillars Series, Te Tuhi

  • 2022  Being, Become, Asia New Zealand Foundation

  • 2022  Spirit Ether: Mist, Fluid Borders and The Arts House Trust

  • 2022  Spirit Ether: Isolated, Fluid Borders and The Arts House Trust

  • 2022  Brain Island Special Performance, Fluid Borders and The Arts House Trust

  • 2021  Ritual of Subject: Aggregate of desires, Artspace Aotearoa

  • 2021  Ritual of Subject: The Idol Worship of Cynic, Artspace Aotearoa

  • 2021  Ritual of Subject: The Flattering of Physical Changes, Artspace Aotearoa

  • 2021  Ritual of Subject: The anti-enjoyment mentality of abstinence, Artspace Aotearoa

  • 2021  Ritual of Subject: The grotesque of consumer symbols, Artspace Aotearoa

TEACHING
  • 2023  Lecturer at Whitecliffe College of Arts And Design

  • 2022  Professional Teaching Fellows at Elam School of  Fine Arts at the University of Auckland

  • 2021  Teaching Support at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland

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