Born 1985, Nanchang (Jiangxi Province), China. Lives and works in Beijing, China, and Los Angeles, USA. Lei Lei is an experimental animation artist with his hands on video arts, painting , installation, music and VJ performance. In 2009 he earned a master's degree in animation from Tsinghua University. In 2010, his film This is LOVE was shown at Ottawa International Animation Festival and awarded the 2010 Best Narrative Short. In 2013 his film Recycled was selected by Annecy festival and was the Winner Grand Prix shorts-non-narrative at Holland International Animation Film Festival. In 2014 he was part of the Jury of Zagreb 1 Holland Inter-national Animation Film Festival, and on the same year won the 2014 Asian Cultural Council grant. In 2017, Lei Lei was enrolled as a faculty member of CalArts Experimental Animation program in California.
Which are more significant, artworks or art archives? Which is more important, the picture or the process of image production, the way an image is viewed or the positioning of the image?
Today's issues with photography have officially given way to issues with the image. With Weekend, the artist and Beijing / LA resident Lei Lei not only displays artistic nostalgia, but also the constant quest for certainty regarding history, family and personal identity. His work can be seen as a type of "creative thinking" on the theme, an artistic strategy related to future imagination, and a contradictory position on emotions that cannot be returned to today. As philosopher and art critic Boris Groys pointed out: "Life can be recorded, but it can't be shown." It is also because of the complexity of this contradiction, and the images that comprise the artist's works that different images taken at the point of visual transformation and dialectical form between the calm and the energetic are shown, so that "nostalgia" becomes a truly contemporary medium in the practice of image art.
Artists: Lei Lei
Curator: Dong Bingfeng