Opening 5-8pm, Feb 22, 2014
“Crabs and Chocolate” is the latest iteration in Li Xiaofei’s “Assembly Line,” project. Assembly line began in 2010, and in his investigation of the industrial, Li has visited hundreds of factories in the Yangtze and Pearl River Delta Regions some of which are featured in this exhibition.
Continuing this project in 2013, he visited Stockholm and Wellington as part of a residency program. His explorations took him to opposite corners of the world: to the Arctic Circle in Kirkenes, Norway and then all the way to Bluff, New Zealand (on the southernmost tip of the South Island). In this seemingly idyllic landscape, he sought out a cigarette factory, a chocolate factory, and a light switch manufacturer. While in Norway, he continued his investigations of this theme, visiting a king crab fishing operation and a hydropower plant on the border between Norway and Russia.
The footage he gathered tells fragmented stories about immigration, resource depletion, and sustainable development. At the same time, he presents scenes of natural beauty and everyday life ask deep questions about the kind of environments we create for ourselves and the quality of life they provide us. As we lose ourselves in the spectacular scenery of the South Island’s Lake Pukaki, the potential costs of rapid industrialization come sharply into focus.
《流水线》计划是李消非2010年开始创作的一个艺术项目，四年以来他先后拍摄了长江三角洲数百家的工厂。2013年他受邀分别在瑞典的斯德哥尔摩和新西兰的惠灵顿进行驻地创作。期间，他走访了挪威位于北极圈内的希尔克内斯 （Kirkenes）和新西兰最靠近南极的布拉夫（Bluff ）。在这地球的南、北两端，他参观、采访并拍摄了挪威帝王蟹工厂、挪威与俄罗斯边界的水电站，以及新西兰的巧克力制造厂、开关零件厂、卷烟厂。这些作品探讨了人性、资源枯竭、可持续性发展和移民等问题。与此同时，作品中的自然景象和日常场景的展现，让人不得不去思考人与人、人与社会、人与自然的关系。