About this Event
Join Dinu Li in conversation with Michael Mason and Xiaowen Zhu at esea contemporary for the launch of the artist's latest publication, 'A Phantom’s Vibe,' which accompanies his eponymous solo exhibition at the gallery.
'A Phantom’s Vibe' (esea contemporary, 2023) serves as an extended exhibition publication for artist Dinu Li's current solo exhibition at esea contemporary. This publication delves into the artist's multimedia practice, embracing D-I-Y aesthetics and Reggae visual tonality to amplify the hybridity of cultural identities.
The publication features four essays and conversations contributed by authors Sacha Craddock, Michael McMillan, Wenny Teo, and Xiaowen Zhu. Each entry delves into various aspects of the artist's personal history and their crystallisation into the tangible sculptural assemblages showcased at esea contemporary.
Dinu Li will be joined on-site by designer Michael Mason (Studio Cheval) and esea contemporary’s Director, Xiaowen Zhu, who is also a contributing author. The panel will collectively explore the distinctive visual narrative of the publication's design and delve into its key themes, such as how Reggae music forges unprecedented cross-cultural kinships, relationships, loves, and communities, as well as how diasporic sentiments can subvert mainstream hegemonic categorisations.
Limited copies of the publication will be available for purchase at esea contemporary.
Information on Dinu Li's - A Phantom's Vibe exhibition can be found here
About esea contemporary
esea contemporary is the UK’s only non-profit art centre specialising in presenting and platforming artists and art practices that identify with and are informed by East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) cultural backgrounds.
esea contemporary is situated in an award-winning building in the heart of Manchester, home to one of the largest East Asian populations in the UK. Since its inauguration as a community-oriented visual arts festival in 1986, esea contemporary – previously named Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) – has continuously evolved to establish itself as a dynamic and engaging space for cross-cultural exchanges in the British art scene, as well as in a global context.
esea contemporary aims to increase the visibility of contemporary art practices from the East and Southeast Asian communities and their diasporas. It is a site for forward-thinking art programmes that beyond exhibitions also include commissions, research, residencies, publishing, and a wide range of vibrant public events. esea contemporary values creativity, compassion, interconnectedness, and collectivity in implementing its mission.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
esea contemporary, 13 Thomas Street, Manchester, United Kingdom