Yong Xiang Li


    Yong Xiang Li (b. 1991, Changsha) is a Berlin-based artist. In 2020, Li completed Meisterschüler at Städelschule, Frankfurt. He received the Prize of the Rainer Wild Art Foundation in 2023, and was nominated the eighth Huayu Youth Award in 2020.

    In his practice, Yong Xiang Li draws on a diversity of media. His main interest, however, lies in the border-crossing intersections between painting, sculpture, music and video. Influenced by a reciprocal understanding of culture and diaspora experience, the artist challenges ideas of sovereignty and existing power-structures by engaging in contaminations that aim at media, formal and cultural specificities.

    Recent solo exhibitions: Rainer Wild Art Foundation Award, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany (2023); Mannered in a sleeve, Deborah Schamoni, Munich, Germany (2023); Paris+ par Art Basel – Yong Xiang Li: 8 Chairs (Adolescent Fabrications), solo presentation with Antenna Space, Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris, France (2022); Inside Job, LC Queisser, Tbilisi, Georgia (2022); Late, Futura, Prague, Czech Republic (2021); Superfluous, Schwabinggrad, Munich, Germany (2021); Curl, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna, Austria (2020); Companion, Jean Claude Maier, Frankfurt, Germany (2019) among others.

    Selected group exhibitions: 12th Edition of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art: Forms of the Surrounding Futures, Röda Sten Konsthall, Göteborg, Sweden (2023); Horizons: Is there anybody out there?, curated by Robin Peckham, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China (2023); Biennale für Freiburg, Kunstverein Freiburg, Museum Für Neue Kunst and various sites, Freiburg, Germany (2023); Painting Unsettled, UCCA Edge, Shanghai, China (2023); Identity Not Proved: New Acquisitions of the Federal Collection, Bundes Kunsthalle, Bonn, Germany (2022); The View from There, Sadie Coles, London, UK (2021); Indistinct Chatter, Layr, Vienna, Austria (2021); The Eighth Huayu Award Finalist Exhibition 2020: A Long Hello, UCCA, Beijing, China (2020); Breathing through Skin, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China (2020); L’esprit, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany (2020); Rundgang, Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany(2020; 2019; 2018; 2017; 2016); The Deficit Faction, Long March Project, Beijing, China (2019); Ford Every Streams, Galleria Acappella, Naples, Italy (2019); Fruit Suspended and Swaying, Aedt, Düsseldorf, Germany (2019); Double Trouble, Root Canal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2019); Appearing Unannounced, painnale 2018, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2018); Radio Ufff! at fffriedrich, Frankfurt, Germany (2018); Back to Them, Gärtnergasse, Vienna, Austria (2018); Vida de Cão, Münchener Straße 10, Frankfurt, Germany (2017) among others.






    • Rhinoceroses, Lilies, Vampires: Yong Xiang Li | Alvin Li

      Central to Li’s work is his interest in the evolution of style and subjectivity as mediated by power dynamics across racial, sexual, class, and national boundaries. From the eighteenth century through the twentieth—while queer signs like the mannerisms of the by-then-obsolete European aristocracy were being adopted by cosmopolitan homosexuals in dis-identification with the increasingly dominant and normative social body of the bourgeoisie—growing exchange between East and West spawned fantasies permeated by fear of the foreign, resulting in Europe’s assimilation of other bodies, desires, and aesthetic traditions into its own canon.

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