LI TINGWEI. Moby Dick, lifebelt”,“Moby-Dick, waves” (2018)

In the work “Could donut save us from drowning?” Tingwei Li analyses the mysterious novel “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville, which was not accepted by the contemporaries of the author. Moby Dick, a white whale, becomes a metaphor for a white man, for whom the pursuit of power becomes suicidal, manic self-hunt. The fat extracted by whalers in reality served for lighting, Attempts to “steal” from the whale what gives light at the risk of his life are reminiscent of the feat of Prometheus, which will certainly end with divine punishment. 

Moby Dick, a battle between sensibility and rationality.  “<…> in essence whiteness is not so much a color as the visible absence of color, and at the same time the concrete of all colors; is it for these reasons that there is such a dumb blankness, full of meaning, in a wide landscape of snows - a colorless, all- color of atheism from which we shrink?” writes Herman Melville

Lifebuoy is in fact an outsider who takes care about safety while people have fun on the cruise vessel. Constant consumption on these cruise vessels. Pleasure and entertainment eroded by boredom - loneliness, control by state and capital. Doesn’t matter what was your point A and where are you heading to, you have normal for the civilization commodities. 



TINGWEI LI (*1989) is a young emerging artist, residing both in Berlin and Shanghai. She studied at Arts University (UdK) in Berlin, at Hunter College in New York and Tongji University in Shanghai. She was a residential artist at Pro Helvetia (Swiss Arts Council) in 2020 and was listed in Forbes “30 Under 30 China” in 2017. Prior to that Tingwei participated in residency programs at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Flux Factory in New York and Kooshk Residency in Iran.

2011 - 2017 Fine Arts, Absolventin & Meisterschülerin, Berlin University of the Arts. Berlin, Germany
2014- 2015 MFA program in Art Department, Hunter College of The City University of New York. NYC, USA 
2008 - 2010 Major in Photography and German, Tongji University. Shanghai, China

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