Li Zhiyong

Li Zhiyong, born in Lufeng, Guangdong. born in Lufeng, currently lives and works in Guangzhou. Graduated from the Oil Painting Department of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2013.

He joined HB Station as a researcher in the same year. He is one of the initiators of the Travel Agency Project. He initiated and participated in SoengJoengToi space and then became the co-proprietor of SoengJoengToi (member of the Travel Agency Project Office). Using symbols of urbanization, his works intends to discuss and understand the relationship between time and space created by fractures between individuals, families and communities, and the lack of identity brought about by the contradiction between urban dreams and traditional social structures.

During the residency, Li Zhiyong realized the connections between Bangkok and his hometown, the Hailufeng area. These feelings encourage him to rediscover the experiences from his hometown. The protagonist of the story is a couple from Lufeng, who lived their lives across China’s most important social changes: the land reforms in the 1950, the economic reform in the 1970s and 1980s, and the current housing and land policies. The artist will use the footage taken in Bangkok, to combine with fragments from past creations, online videos and historical images, to organize and present the story during his residency. The artist intends to show the intimate relationship between personal encounters and social policies from an individual perspective. Suspended tensions and doubts are left for the audience to scroll through their phones and explore before “bedtime”.

Article by Li Xiaotian
Curator: Liang Jianhua, Liang Jianhua

Organized by: Tentacles, HB Station

Address: Tentacles outside area?

Opening: 13 June 2019

Duration:13 -18 June 2019

Artist Li Zhiyong will present his new work “Bedtime Story” during his recent residency at Tentacles, Bangkok.

As someone who once suffered from insomnia, by combing though physical memories, Zhiyong surmises that insomnia is related by a certain tension in the human body and its environment. It also reveals the relationship between physical symptoms and public structures. He notices many people are used to browsing information on their phones before they go to bed, so he plans to create a sleep-like space to tell the stories from his hometown.