LI SHUANG: If Only The Cloud Knows
Co-curated by Qiu Yun & Qiao Feifan
Presented by IDLE Studio
On the snowy Valentine’s Day in 2015, artist Li Shuang wandered around New York City’s Times Square for six hours, bearing a huge sign that read: “Marry Me For Chinese Citizenship”. She later printed the slogan on tote bags, thus enabling each carrier a disseminator, propagating the statement to far corners of the world. Li’s playful yet incisive gesture questioned issues such as immigration system, identity, and discrimination. This interactive project marked the beginning of her cross-desciplinary and experimental artistic practice.
Li Shuang’s first solo exhibition in New York "If Only The Cloud Knows" features the artist’s five major works created since 2014, including: If Only The Cloud Knows, a multi-media interactive piece which examines the relationship between digital data and private memory; T, a video work developed from gender-based observations; Marry Me For Chinese Citizenship, an on-going social intervention project that probes into the public sphere.
Emerged during the age of Internet and globalization, Li’s works revealed the unvoiced pain embedded in both personal crisis and collective dilemma. Her practice, while being critical and provocative, also embodies a sense of poetic spontaneity. Through active observation and scholarly analysis, Li investigates diverse social subjects such as technical innovation, mass media, cultural identity, and gender studies. As she relocates frequently around the globe, Li is able to form a series of multi-perspective yet universal narrative that speaks to the shared anxieties of the Millennial generation.
The exhibition is in itself a site of public experiment as well----visitors are allowed to access the artist’s private database, and are given the freedom to alter or delete anything. Through this immediate participation, we seek to interpret the gravity born by the “cloud”.
The website work "If Only The Cloud Knows" will be opened online while the exhibition is on view, please visit the website to explore and participate.