Ictus Gallery presents Assembly Line by Li Xiaofei
September 15th - October 25th, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15, 2012 6pm-10pm
1769 15th Street. San Francisco CA 94103
Gallery hours: Thursday - Saturday 12pm- 5pm
The product of several years of work and over 50 factory visits Li Xiaofei’s “Assembly Line” series presents a multifaceted exploration of life in the land of manufacturing. The work combines interview-style videos with workers and factory foremen intercut with luscious scenes of factory interiors, spinning wheels, turning cranks and flashing lights.
The show will feature interview-style videos, plus more atmospheric video works based on the theme of industrial landscapes.
This body of work explores a number of interlocking themes including the relationship between labor and management, between man and machine, between the factory and the individual and the relationship between the individual and society. At the same time it offers us a privileged view into spaces which we would rarely visit, opening a window into the lives of China’s 100 million strong manufacturing labour force.
Li Xiaofei is a multimedia artist living and working in Shanghai whose art works have been widely shown and most recently at SFMOMA. Li Xiaofei is also the director of Fei Contemporary Art Center (FCAC) a world-class experimental art space that serves as a platform for Chinese and international artists, organizations, projects that are inquisitive, creative and undetermined.
Co-curated by Justin Hoover, Katya Min and Julio Cesar Morales