Renowned Chinese Artist at Toi Pōneke Gallery

15 October 2013

Internationally-renowned artist Li Xiaofei is this year’s Wellington Asia Residency Exchange (WARE) artist in residence.

Artist Li Xiaofei films a meat production line

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The Chinese artist, who lives and works in Shanghai and has exhibited alongside the likes of Yoko Ono, is being hosted at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre and exhibiting at Toi Pōneke Gallery, in Abel Smith Street until 9 November.

His show Assembly Line - A Packet of Salt will display work from Assembly Line, a film and photography project he has been working on since 2010. Li has visited hundreds of factories in the delta of the Yangtze River, and filmed and spoken with people working at these sites.

He says he’s looking forward to filming at manufacturing plants in the Wellington region, as a continuation of Assembly Line.

“Taylor Preston is the first New Zealand factory I’ve visited and I was very impressed. Even though I’ve filmed in many factories in China, I’ve never seen such a huge factory that processes so much meat! I’m looking forward to my time here in Wellington and would like to thank AsiaNZ and Wellington City Council.”

Wellington photographer John Lake was selected for the WARE exchange to Beijing’s Red Gate Gallery.

Well-known for his Up The Punks exhibitions of Wellington’s punk scene from the late 70s to now, John is exploring and photographing punk bands in the Chinese capital.

Li Xiaofei’s Assembly Line - A Packet of Salt opens this Thursday at Toi Pōneke Gallery.

Toi Pōneke Exhibitions - A Packet of Salt

You can also see his work at:

Li Xiaofei