Secret Shadows - Review

By focusing on tiny details concerning the subject's life the mirror and tweezers on the bed, the slippers and porcelain shoe holding the money - the objects start to characterise every hour of their lives. Karaoke and the map of China provide us with a location and hints that we are looking at an Asian person. The images become portraits of people whom we cannot see. It's only through the spaces in which they exist and the objects which they possess, that we can start building a picture of them. We will never know their real identity; this work plays on the idea of anonymity. Dinu Li is presenting codes and symbols, allowing the imagination to explore a theme.

Katya Garcia-Anton,
Director, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva
For the catalogue '10 Thousand Li' Open Eye Gallery & Centre for Art International Research 2002