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Li Hui: No Word from Above

Born in Hangzhou, China. Currently lives and works in Shanghai, China.


Hangzhou-based artist Li Hui is best described as a poet that tells her stories with lenses and film – not pen and paper. Her work is a mesmerising blend of optical illusions, deep emotion and intimacy, that somehow always feels further away the more you gander. A paradox. Her subjects are slices of everyday life, way beyond formal distinctions. The use of light is the most recognisable aspect in her work – it’s complementing, it’s storytelling, it’s beautiful. 

Li Hui graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2003. Fascinated by double exposure, she began photography after receiving her first film camera in 2009. Eager to understand how magic worked and anxious to learn more, Li Hui became a self-taught photographer. Her photographic work is based on constant experimentation which for her is her source of inspiration. Her work has been featured in many world wide publications, including our first publication TOFU. We are delighted to welcome her back, to display her work once again, at our online exhibitions with sensitive and intimate photos from her series No Word From Above (2016-2017).

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Edited by Nichlas E. Kofoed