Li Tianbing, ‘Ensemble # 1 + 2’, 2008, Kunstmuseum Bern

Collection: M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong

"Chinese Whispers: Recent Art from the Sigg & M+ Sigg Collections"

Venue: Kunstmuseum Bern (2016)

About Li Tianbing

When Li Tianbing was 12 years old, he sold a cow and used the proceeds to purchase his first camera, with which he has been traversing the mountains in Fujian province ever since, taking portraits of the people who live in the impoverished, rural villages. Entirely self-taught, he uses black-and-white film, sometimes adding touches of color by hand. Rather than naming the individuals in his portraits, Li labels each one “Comrade,” adhering to the Communist form of address. Through his decades of work, he has amassed a straightforward, subtle, and sensitive visual record of multiple generations of people, who have lived through momentous transitions in China’s history, including independence from colonial rule, the Cultural Revolution, and rapid modernization.

Chinese, b. 1974, Guilin, China

Solo Shows

Singapore ,
Li Tianbing: Journey of the Lone Monkey

Group Shows

Kashya Hildebrand, 
Art Plural Gallery, 
Flux - Collective Exhibition
Pearl Lam Galleries at SH Contemporary 2012

Fair History on Artsy

Art Plural Gallery at Art Taipei 2014
Pearl Lam Galleries at ArtInternational 2014