The Ubiquitous One
By Dinu Li
The Ubiquitous One is a collage appropriated from found material and family archives. Referencing China’s revolutionary opera, popularized during the Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976, the assembled image subverts the singular vision of revolutionary struggles. The narrative takes its cue from a peasant, surprised both by the view of tourists playing golf on the terraced rice fields along with the cohort of a singular phenomenon. Dinu Li is a British based multi-discipline artist working across time-based media, installation, found objects and performance. Dinu Li's solo exhibition ‘Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is Mystery' was exhibited at QUAD in 2010. Throughout his practice, Li places himself in a variety of circumstances, responding to his immediate surroundings in an attempt to understand the many cultures he encounters. Li’s output offers a visceral reaction to the world around us within the context of the times we live in. He explores the nuances of the everyday – its many rituals, routines and patterns, in relation to local and global concerns. Recent works have been situated between modes of representation, the vernacular, specific geographic and historical contexts and the intersection between the personal and the political. Li’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including: the 53rd Venice Biennale; the 3rd Bucharest Biennale; Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden; Oldenburger Kunstverein, Germany; Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Korea; Danielle Arnaud, London; Chalk Horse, Sydney through Para/Site Hong Kong; Petra Rietz Salon, Berlin; SVA, New York through Artprojx; Rivington Place, London; White Space 798, Beijing and Christian Roellin, Zurich. He has undertaken residencies with OCAT in Shenzhen, China; ArtSway Production Residency in Hampshire and Chengdu, China; and a Cornerhouse and Space Artists Exchange Residency in Central Asia. He has been a guest speaker for Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Museum and is a visiting lecturer across educational institutions in the UK and abroad.