Age of Transition - Review
The art of Dinu Li evokes memories through fragments of otherwise banal phenomena: snippets of local news, snap albums, travel itineraries, tourist souvenirs, pop songs, cliched clips from films. He reminds us that the most poignant of memories are often sparked off by the most peculiar of means, like faded edges of a family portrait or illustrations in a children's book. Here Li charts a formative experience, the 1970s emigration of his family from Hong Kong to the UK. A theatrical replica of the artist's Hong Kong home is contrasted with the Sheffield living room of the time, and Li uses suggestive props to explore cultural displacement and personal disorientation.