李艾筱 LI Aixiao

I. Photography "Personal Belongings"

  • CHICKEN HOUSE, 2018

    Chickens: "I love my cutest chickens so much! Every time I'm with them, I’m so happy."



  • A PHOTOGRAPHER, 2018

    Camera: "I'm a documentary photographer in Turkey, traveling in Vienna. I always try to use my camera to help people in my 40 years of career."

  • UP IN THE AIR, 2018

    Hu la hoop: "It's the sign of circle, has no beginning and no ending. It's like infinity, gives me a lot of freedom to express."


  • A FREE DANCE, 2018
    Water bottle: "Actually, It's the only one that I really need. I love dance very much. after dancing, I was sweating and thirsty. I need my water bottle."
  • WOMAN WITH WONDERFUL BODY, 2018

    T-shirt: "This T-shirt is my favorite artist's work. I love her because that feministic and there's woman with wonderful body. This is an idea I’m comfortable with."

  • UNFINISHED DREAM, 2018

    Transparent acrylic oil painting: "It's a temporary farewell to my artistic career. It's not my best painting, but the only one I cherish."
  • CIRCLE AND CIRCLE, 2018

    Bicycle: "This bicycle has been with me twenty-one and a half years. It was a graduation present from university. It followed me to a lot of places, move from one country to another."

  • FEELING GOOD TO BE A WOMAN, 2018

    Passport: "Every passport I had which has been with my old name and old gender. This is my first passport I got with my new and female name. For me, it was long journey.  "

  • TEDDY SHEEP, 2018

    Teddy Sheep: "The teddy sheep is probably 23 years old. I named her after my grandmother. It's called Mariana. She is always here, no matter where I was, no matter how I felt, no matter how big I am."

  • THE NEWLYWEDS, 2018

    Glasses(man) and Lunch Box(woman): “We always travel together, we can’t bring everything with us and sometimes we have to choice what to bring. These small objects can make us feel like that we are at home.”

II. Single Channel Video "A Day"

III. Polaroid Photo "Exchanging" 


Personal Belongings in Vienna (Residency in Vienna)


I spent a month in Vienna. I like this city, so I want to create a better understanding of the city and the people of this city. The creation is divided into three parts: 


PART 1: Photography "Personal Belongings" 

Based on the educational background of Journalism and Applied Psychology, I applied interview and psychology to the creation of the project Personal Belongings, doing it in china for five years:Be naked and let your precaution down. A story about a part of life. An important personal belonging. But their faces were not recorded. I think faces distract the viewer from the important elements of the photograph, the current scene and the stories in it.

It was different from shooting in China, where I took pictures in a monochrome background, but in Vienna I let people choose a place which could connect with the object. For me, the new environment inspired me, and the change gave me a different shooting experience.

PART 2: Single Channel Video "A Day"

It's a one-shot, fast-forward video recording of four Viennese in a typical day.  I stayed with each of  them from morning to evening, and I followed them to do the same things, eat, work, go to school, socialize and so on. I spent the day to get close to them and get involved in their lives from the view of a stranger.

All four of them told me from the start, "my day is boring," and I took a fast-forward approach that broke the ice, described their ordinary but unusual day in the humorous way: accidentally picking up 13 cameras on the street, taking part in gay parades happily, signing and stamping a coveted work visa, and taking part in the last seminar of university.

PART 3: Polaroid Photo "Exchanging" 

This set of photographs records the story of a straw hat I brought from Chengdu, which turned into a wooden lizard after 13 strangers. I exchanged objects with Viennese, passed objects on to the next stranger, and then I took a picture for them who hold the last person's belonging, in this way to make a relationship between strangers.

The creation of the above three parts enabled me to quickly integrate into the local people's life through objects as a link, to experience as much as possible the local people's life, and to be accepted quickly. In fact, they all discuss relationships: people and things, things and things, people and people.


Related Work

  • Personal Belongings in Vienna 

    Vienna, Austria, 2018

    View in exhibitions

  • Personal Belongings in Vienna 

    Vienna, Austria, 2018

    View in exhibitions

  • Personal Belongings in Vienna 

    Vienna, Austria, 2018

    View in exhibitions

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