Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Station Road Sway Hampshire SO41 6BA
South East England

Dinu Li has been co-commissioned by ArtSway and The Arts Institute at Bournemouth to research and develop a new film entitled ‘Family Village’, the second in a trilogy of films which take their titles from the three most common ways to say the word ‘country’ in Chinese. Li’s practice centres on the relationship between the personal and the political, the public and the private, and draws inspiration from the forces that shape and determine our social structures. Li, a filmmaker, photographer and video artist, was artist in residence at ArtSway in Spring 2008. For his exhibition at ArtSway Li will be showing ‘Ancestral Nation’, the first instalment in the trilogy, accompanied by two large black and white photographs that resonate themes in the film of social gatherings and ritual-like movement, alongside works in progress and research material relating to the second film in this trilogy – ‘Family Village’. ‘Family Village’ once again sees Li visiting China, to explore at first-hand themes connected to urbanism, heritage, architecture and cultural values. This new film, to be exhibited for the first time at The Gallery at The Arts institute at Bournemouth, examines recent trends in Chinese urban planning where villages and towns have been transformed by desires to reflect British vernacular architectural sensibilities.