Li Wen


 李文 li wen

 李文 li wen

 李文 li wen

李文(b.1966),生于湖北,曾就读湖北美术学院和武汉大学,从事当代艺术实践,涉及电影,图片,行为艺术和绘画。2000年参加艾未未策划的《fuck off》当代艺术展。2013年主演独立电影《唐皇游地府》获温哥华电影节龙虎奖。

Li wen (b. 1966), born in Hubei, graduated from Hubei Institute of Fine Arts and Wuhan University . He engages himself in the practice of various genres of contemporary art, his medias cover film, photograph, performance art and painting.

In 2000, he attended  contemporary art exhibition "Fuck Off " curated by Ai weiwei.

In 2013,he acted as the leading actor in the independent film "Emperor Visits The Hell", which won the "Dragons & Tigers Awards" at Vancouver International Film Festival.


Invitation from a Chinese artist (call for participation)

*This work is not a "actual performance" in Venice, but a long term annoucement in our online exhibition.

I'm an artist named Li Wen, I come from Wuhan, China. My profession is fine art teacher, and my hobby is collecting old anolog photographs and antiques. What's more, I directed several documentary films, and acted in some films as the leading actor.

This call is for inviting artists, filmmakers, or collectors who have the similar interests as me, to live in my studio/home to spend 3 to 10 days together with me, from September 2017 (we can discuss about the exact time). Although we have different backgrounds and cultures, we will become friends. I will be your guide to introduce you my city, the artists here, and all the interesting places. You can eat Chinese food with me, or cook by yourself. You can also follow my daily schedules, for see my teaching scenes, or go with me to search for antiques in the countryside. My main pursue is to offer a chance for us to experience distinct lives of each other. Thus I expect the same offer from you, after your staying at my place, you will invite me to your home/studio in your country with the similar conditions.

At the end, all our exchanges will compose an art project, including our drawings, writings, images and videos, etc.

Don't hesitate to email me if you are interested. Please notice that this project is completely personal, which means we choose each other by email communication, by our good feeling with each other. You will need to cover the traveling, visa and other cost by yourself, but you can have a nice home to stay for free in the middle of China.

Looking forward to meet you,

yours sincerely,

Li Wen  


The photos of my studio/home see below


  • 你为什么做艺术?


  • 你觉得怎样才是一个成功艺术家?


  • 你对现在的“当代艺术圈”有话要说吗


  • 是什么让你决定参加venize双年展2017特别项目?


  • 请根据个人经验推测一下,怎样才能被威尼斯双年展艺术大展选中(官方单元而非平行展)?


  • Why do you do art?

Art for me, means relief.

  • How to become a successful artist?

Impulsion, and delight.

  • Do you have some words to say to the Art circle?

I fancy circles. Suppose contemporary art is a circle, there are must several circles inside of it. Art either being individual or far away from ostentatious people.

  • What made you decide to attend this special programme of Venize Biennale 2017?

Got information from one of my friends.

  • How to be selected by the official program of Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia)?

Alternative one might be against Venice Biennale for your whole life, then they may select your artwork after you are dead.