Chinese artist Li Ming wins the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award
Chinese artist Li Ming (b. 1986) was announced as the recipient of the 2017 Hugo Boss Asia Art Award, the biennial prize recognizing the work of emerging contemporary artists in the early stages of their career. Li Ming succeeds Kwan Sheung Chi and Maria Taniguchi, who were awarded the prize in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
Born in Yuanjiang, Li Ming currently resides in Hangzhou. His practice focuses on videos and video installations such as his latest project Rendering the Mind, which was shot at Shanghai’s five-star hotel Broadway Mansion. Intertwining the public and the private — as in other projects by the artist, notably New Directions, presented in 2016 at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art — Rendering the Mind actively engages with the exhibition space itself, linking it with scenes in his previous video productions, augmenting the scenes of the film.
Larys Frogier, director of Shanghai’s Rockbund Art Museum — which organizes the prize in collaboration with Hugo Boss — has said of Li Ming’s oeuvre that it “constitutes one of the most meaningful and advanced contemporary visual creations and brilliantly combine performance, video and sound.”
Li Ming has shown internationally at institutions such as the K11 Art Foundation, MoMA PS1, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art and the Centre d'Art Contemporain Yverdon-les-Bains among others.
An exhibition of existing and newly commissioned works by Li Ming — including Rendering the Mind — and fellow shortlisted artists Tao Hui, (China)Yu Ji (China) and Robert Zhao Renhui (Singapore) opened at the Rockbund Art Museum on October 27 and is visible through February 11, 2018.
Portrait of LI MING. Courtesy the artist and Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai.