warmest regards x
Lǐ Xīng Yǔ - Echo Li
1–25 Feb 2023
When you realise your pain is not special at all, it is only the kind of pain mass-produced by Chineseness, the pain has just begun.
My obsession with love is one of the consequences of Chinese propaganda, and the obsession produces pain. Craving for the pain which drags me back and forth, thinking about love and pain as an immigrant in Australia. Over the past 2 years this project led me to write and research about my love life and break-ups, was driven by the desire of madness, but not any more.
No longer drive into the black hole, I sit alongside, with warmest regards, to one’s also trying to, Love better.
Lǐ Xīng Yǔ - Echo Li Lǐ Xīng Yǔ (Echo Li) 李星雨 (1997) is an artist based in Narrm (Melbourne) born in Suzhou, whose practice spans multiple disciplines: painting, performance, writing, photograph, video, printmaking etc. Her work often involves translation and remediation as methods. She is obsessed with love. The endless chasing of her overwhelming emotions is political and linked to love and cultural loss. To be “Un” has been the key to her practices, which often embodies resistance and antagonism against the establishment and the dominant ideology in China. Similarly, the West is also plagued with political issues that often echo white privilege and colonialism. As a transnational Chinese artist, She lies in a mid-ground between two societies. Thus her practices often came from this sense of in-between-ness by being “Un”. There are nostalgias, stories, humour coming from these places she lived; She carries them with her and sees them as the politics of identity as seen in exhibitions at Kings ARI, Das Boot Fair (with Yundi Wang) and Blak Dot, Melbourne.