Li Wei was born in 1970, Hubei, China is a contemporary artist from Beijing, China. His works frequently represent him in apparently gravity-defying situations. Wei started off his performance series, Mirroring, and later on took off attention with his fall series which shows the artist with his head and chest embedded into the ground. His work is a mixture of performance art and photography that creates illusions of a sometimes dangerous reality.
Some of these dangerous scenarios include shots on high buildings, lakes, ice holes and even through the windshield of a war. Li Wei states that these images are not computer montages, but that he uses mirrors, metal wires, scaffolding and acrobatics.
Wei follow these quotes…
- “My artistic language is universal and deals with themes about contemporary politics and society using symbols understood by everyone in every part of the world. I am fascinated by the unstable and dangerous sides of art…”
- “I want to tell people that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE,”
- “I don’t consider danger very often when doing art. The only thing I wanna do when shooting is to express myself well. Also the process of making art is a part of my work, too, giving me a new way of thinking. So danger is only an aspect of my work, though not for every piece.”
- “Gravity shows a condition of instability—dangerous and unequaled. Sometimes irresistible.”
- “Whether photographer or performance artist is not important to me. The feeling and the thoughts of doing art are more important. And I’ll also do art between these two medias, too. After each live performance I’ll shoot a photograph for it.”
Now, let’s browse through some of his collection and enjoy this breathtaking experience…, these are an exclusive combination of artistic quality and acrobatics that are sure to make you take a second look.