Companionship_173By Li Jinghu
Mosaic, Mosaic tiles
Dimensions: 29.2cm (H) x 24.2cm (W) / 11.5" (H) x 9.5" (W)
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Since the 80s to 90s of the last century, when development is massively and swiftly spreading in southern coastal cities of China, mosaic as a cheap practical architectural material was broadly used to decorate the exterior surface of architectures that were built up in a short period of time, therefore the little square made of quartz became a significant symbol of the high-speed developing time. Just like a mosaic, off-farm workers at that time were showing in a huge number of groups.
I used to think of this group with the tag “off-farm worker” just like everyone else. But as communicated with individuals from this group more, I started to realize that they all have their different personalities, different trends in their lives, they share the same sorrow and joy with us. Since then the difference of each labour started to interest me. There was one time, in an architecture material market, I saw a lot of different mosaics were spread all over the ground, at that moment, an idea came into my mind, aren’t those mosaics just like each off-farm worker who live around us? They are all different in terms of size, texture, colour even feels like they have their personalities. Mosaic is made of tones of small granules, just like the group “off-farm workers” is made of many individual labourers. It has been 17 years since I moved back to Dongguan from Shenzhen, the place where I live is a sub-urban located in the centre of that town. Countless families or couples who work in the near factories are live in rental houses around where I live. Because the dormitories are not very convenient for couples or families to live so they have no other choice but rent and live in those small spaces. They live together, supporting each other and face the pressure of life together without leaving. This reminds me of a saying—Companioning is the longest confession.
The artwork comes with a frame.
Framed size: 29.2 x 24.2 x 4 cm
Based in: China
Li Jinghu was born in 1972 in Dongguan, Guangdong, where he currently lives and works. Li Jinghu works primarily with sculpture and installation, which presents an intertwining and ongoing personal ‘historiography’ of a landscape in flux – his poetically charged work frequently utilize humble materials gathered from his everyday locale. …
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