Yong Xiang Li (*1991 in Changsha, China) is this year’s prizewinner of the Förderpreis der Kunststiftung Rainer Wild, which has been awarded at the Kunsthalle Mannheim since 2020. His works make use of a wide range of artistic techniques and references to the current times to create multimedia installations. He condenses a queer perspective on social power structures to spatial constellations.
In his show in the STUDIO, Li presents his work "8 Chairs (Adolescent Fabrications)," a group of eight wooden panels arranged to a sculptural painting. The panels are folded at hinge points so that they appear to stand in the space as imitations of chairs on an octagonal base. They thus enable a walk-around experience of painting to differ from the usual frontal experience. The painted landscapes and architectures are transformed into decorative furniture – something that Li describes as "utilitarian drag."
Opening and award presentation: 12/06/2023, 7 p.m.
Curator: Dr. des. Gunnar Saecker
A publication is published.