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Family Village - Dinu Li

Date: 16 March - 17 April

Exhibition Type: A Collaborative Project

Dinu Li was co-commissioned by ArtSway and the Arts Institute at Bournemouth to research and develop a new film entitled Family Village, the second in a trilogy of films that take their titles from the three most common ways to say the word ‘country’ in Chinese, and explores themes connected to urbanism, heritage, architecture and cultural values.

Dinu Li’s practice spans a range of media including video, photography and installation. His work encompasses documentary, storytelling, chance encounters and the figments of imagination, and centres on the relationship between the personal and the political, the public and the private. Shaped by forces that determine our social structures, Li draws inspiration from an engagement with the many cultures he encounters.

Since 2005, Li has researched recent cultural trends taking place in contemporary China. Using language as a starting point, the artist delves into the word ‘country’ and the meanings offered by a dictionary. In Chinese, ‘country’ has three meanings, (1) Ancestral Nation, (2) Family Village and (3) Nation Family.

Li will be exhibiting the first two parts of his trilogy: Ancestral Nation and Family Village. Family Village was originally inspired by a news story, describing how an image of Dorchester in a Christmas card managed to influence the design of a new satellite town in Chengdu. China’s recent appetite to match the vernacular architecture found in British provincial towns contrasts with its history of isolation and a past virtually unaffected by outside ideologies.

Family Village premieres at the Gallery, the Arts Institute at Bournemouth and will be exhibited at ArtSway’s New Forest Pavilion at the International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, in June 2009.

FREE Coach Trip from London

Saturday 21 March
  • Departure10.30am from Tate Britain
  • Return4.00pm to Tate Britain
  • To celebrate the opening of Family Village, there will be a special coach trip organised by ArtSWay Xtra, from London to text+work, the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, to view the exhibition and to attend a talk by Dinu Li. Refreshments will be provided on arrival.

    For further information and to book a place please contact Jack Lewis

  • T:01590 682260
  • E: jack.lewis@artsway.org.uk

  • www.artsway.org.uk
  • Panel Discussion and Publication Launch

    Monday 23 April The Gallery, the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, 5pm – 7pm

    A panel discussion focusing on Family Village and on Li’s trilogy project will mark the launch of the Family Village publication.

    Panel: Dinu Li, Stephanie James, Peter Bonnell. Chaired by Professor Jim Hunter.


    FAMILY VILLAGE: DINU LI is published by text+work, the Arts Institute at Bournemouth.

    Family Village will be presented in a new publication examining Li’s art practice and its wider social context, launched as part of this exhibition. The publication includes the artist in conversation with Teresa Gleadowe and a critical text by Professor Gerard J. DeGroot.

  • The exhibition and publication is supported by text+work and the Arts Institute at Bournemouth. Family Village is an ArtSway and text+work, the Arts Institute at Bournemouth co-commission.
  • £5.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-901196-34-7
  • For further information and to purchase the accompanying publication, please contact: text+work, The Gallery Office
  • T: 01202 363272
  • E: gallery@aib.ac.uk
  • (Download PDF for full essay / text)