b. 1990, Wuyi Mountains, China; lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Geneva, Switzerland.
Shuang Li's artistic practice draws heavily from her formative years in rural China, where she immersed herself in the world of knockoff Nintendo consoles, pirated video games and dakou CDs, while also exploring the vast realm of YouTube. These experiences shaped her deep understanding of technology as both a mesmerizing source of entertainment and a powerful tool of control in an era of rapid development and global neoliberalism. Li's interdisciplinary work delves into the complex intersection of biopolitics, the body, digitized desire, and human intimacy. She infuses digital spaces of consumerism with a sense of bodily eroticism and explores the connections between sexuality and consumer culture. Her art confronts the friction between biopolitical control and individual agency, inviting viewers to reflect on the impact of technology on our desires and intimate relationships. She meticulously studies the various mediums that shape the contemporary digital landscape, emphasizing the interplay between them. Throughout her work, Li explores the intricacies of human connection facilitated by technology, while critically examining how these interactions are embedded within a neoliberal apparatus that regulates the body and our desire.
Shuang Li's recent solo projects include Death Star, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon (2023); nobody’s home, Peres Projects, Berlin (2022); Among Us, Cherish, Geneva (2021); Exit Wound, Callies, Berlin (2020); and I Want to Sleep More but by Your Side, Peres Projects, Berlin (2020). In addition, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions including The Milk of Dreams, 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2022); Double Vision, curated by Tobias Berger, Jill Chun and Daniel Ho, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2022); Lemaniana: Reflections of other scenes, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (2021); How Do We Begin, curated by Poppy Dongxue Wu, X Museum, Beijing (2020); Modes of Encounters: An Inquiry, curated by Biljana Ciric, Times Museum, Guangzhou (2019); and Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence, Mao Jihong Arts Foundation in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018). Her video work was screened at Tate Modern in 2023 as part of the film program Inner Voices and Exterior Visions, curated by Hera Chan, Alvin Li, and Yang Li.
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