b.1966, Donghai, Jiangsu

Li Qiang makes his works from print media as a protest against the so-called information explosion, which he believes obscures truth and “does not make us better people”. Ripping up the pages is an almost religious rite: fasting as he does it, he imagines himself “tearing away the obstacles to mindfulness”. Ocean (2015) is his take on an old saying, “The sea becomes mulberry fields”: everything changes in time. In the end, he says, “all images and words will vanish”. What then will remain?

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