李艾筱 LI Aixiao

Li Aixiao lives and works in Chengdu, China. She has degrees in journalism (2009) and applied psychology (2009) from Southwest University in China, skills she has used in her ongoing creative practice through photography, performance, and writing.

Her main works include 'I'm With Me' (2020-2023),  'The Fish of Yangtze River' (2023),  'What If Sisyphus in 2022' (2022),  '肓育' (2021),  'Li Aixiao and Her 100 Photos' (2019), 'Personal Belongings' (2013-2019), etc., and  published  photo book 'Personal Belongings' (2020). 

In 2024, she won first place in Portraits of Influence for TIME and ASMP's Global Portraiture Competition, as well as the Circuit Off 2024 Prizes for Biennale Della Fotografia Femminile. In 2023, she won the Storytelling Series for the 20th Julia Margaret Cameron Award Professional Section. In 2020, she earned the Jury Choice Award for her self-published book 'Personal Belongings' at the Second Wuhan Photo Art Fair. Moreover, she was named Artist of the Year at the SAYA Embrace Project, and in 2018, she participated in a residency program in Vienna, Austria.


Exhibitions

2024    Private: I Am With Me, Biennale Della Fotografia Femminile, Mantova, Italy

2023    Chengdu: Wayfarer, A4 Art Museum, Chengdu, China

2023    Human NatureThe Glasgow Gallery of Photography, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

2023    The 2nd Artist-in-Residence of Forlong, Art Forlong International Artist Residency Center, Zhangjiakou, China

2023    Der Greif: Past & Present, Pavilion 333, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

2023    The 10th Xinhuo Live Art Festival, Yangtze River, Chongqing, China

2023    The Public Space which As Far As the Eyes Can See, Natural Growth Art Center, Chengdu, China

2023    Directors Choice, PhotoSCHWEIZ, Zurich, Switzerland

2022    Head On Portrait Awards, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney Australia

2022    I Am With Me, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney Australia

2022    The 10th UP-ON International Live Art Festival, Guanghui Art Museum, Chengdu, China

2022    Heterogeneous Layers, Blue Roof Museum, Chengdu, China 

2022    The 9th Xinhuo Live Art Festival, X Space, Chengdu, China

2021    The 9th UP-ON International Live Art Festival, Guanghui Art Museum, Chengdu, China

2021    Art book fairs in major cities of China, Wuhan, Shanghai, Xi'an, Chengdu, Dali, Shenzhen, Xiamen

2020    The 2nd Wuhan Photo Art Fair / Special Exhibition for Self-publishing, Wuhan, China

2019    Annual Exhibition of SAYA Embrace Project, Blue Roof Museum, Chengdu, China 

2019    Li Aixiao And Her 100 Pictures, Nu Space, Chengdu, China

2018    YES OR NO (2018 Art Nova 100), Guardian Art Center, Beijing, China

2018    Personal Belongings in Vienna, Medo Art Space, Vienna, Austria

2018    Living Library & Personal Belongings, Flash Space, Chengdu, China

2018    The Significance to Change the Body, Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing, China

2017    Analysis of Personal Cases of 100 Chinese Post-85s Photographers  from Natural Growth, PIP, Pingyao, China

2014    Who I Am,  PIP, Pingyao, China

2014    18+ART, Beijing, China


Awards & Grants

2024   TIME and ASMP's Global Portraiture Competition - Portraits Influence, 1st prize

2024    Biennale Della Fotografia Femminile - The Circuit Off 2024 prizes, Winner

2023    IMA-next: THEME#41 "OPEN CALL", Finalists

2023    BBA PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE, Longlists

2023    20th Julia Margaret Cameron Award Professional Section - Storytelling Series, Winner

2022    Head On Portrait Awards, Finalists

2022    Women Photograph Project Grants, Finalists

2020    "Jury Choice Award for Self-publishing" of the 2nd Wuhan Photo Art Fair, Winner

2018    Selected in "100 Artists" of Art Nova 100

2018    "Artist of the Year 2018" of SAYA Embrace Project, Winner


Residencies

2023    International Artist Residence Program of Forlong, Zhangjiakou, China 

2021    Hello, Neighbour x Community Art LAB, Fuzhou, China

2018    SAYA (Supporting Active Young Artists), Vienna, Austria


Publications 

2024    OF COVID, KGP and Humble Arts Foundation: pp. 31-32

2020    Personal Belongings, Self-published


Essays & Reviews

2023    IMA 2023 Autumn/Winter Vol.40: pp. 10-11

2023    See-Zeen issue 9

2023    Conversation with Li Aixiao, Interviewed by Chris Yuan   

2023    Talking Pictures: Li Aixiao: Acts of Connection, Interviewed by Alasdair Foster

2022    Photoartist: 100 People and Stories Who Gave Me Their Sincerity and Trust, Interviewed by He Qing

2022    CHIP PHOTO VIDEO: Conversation with Li Aixiao: Times and People: pp. 111-116, Interviewed by He Qing

2021    BIE: Li Aixiao: Because I don’t like female nudity in the male gaze, Interviewed by Yang Haijun

2020    People-photo Press: Li Aixiao: I will be your mirror, Interviewed by Cui Bo

2020    China Photo Press: Li Aixiao: I am obsessed with recording moments, Interviewed by Chun Xi

2019    Canon in Chengdu: When We Take Off The Extra Disguise, Our Bodies Become Closer to the Human Being, Interviewed by Tian Ye

2018    Portrait Magazine: Pain and Love in 99 Naked Portraits, Interviewed by Shan Zixuan

2018    Yi Tiao: They Took Photos Holding Their Most Important Souvenirs, Interviewed by Ni Jianjia

2018    Chengdu: They Appeared Naked With Only One Personal Item, and were Photographed by a Female Photographer to Reveal Their True     

            Feelings, Interviewed by Feng Yuezi

2018    Mipai: 100 Personal Belongings and 100 Portraits of Naked People 

2018    The Cover: Why Did She Take Nude Photos of So Many People But No One Showed Their Face? Interviewed by Zhang Luyan

2017    Netease: Beautiful Photographer Talks to 100 Naked People Through Lens 

2017    Sichuan Online: She Explores The Deepest Part of Souls Though Her Lens, Interviewed by Deng Tongtong

2016    Metro Express of Chengdu: Walk Through The Stories of 100 People, Interviewed by Jin Duolun

2016     YUTOO: Li Aixiao: There is an Unforgettable Story behind Each Photo 

2016     Luxe Life Magazine: A Hundred Travels in Life Time: pp.114-119, Interviewed by Jiang He

2016     LOOK Video: She is an Extraordinary Woman, Using the Camera to Talk to 100 Naked People 


Lectures & Talks

2022    Night School: The Reflection of The Live Art Power, UP-ON Performance Art Archive, Chengdu, China

2022    Anthropology through photography, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney Australia

2022    The Decameron: E05E10, DUNBAR, Chengdu, China

2021    The Photobook Personal Belongings, Art book fairs in major cities of China, Wuhan, Shanghai, Xi'an, Chengdu, Dali

2020    Li Aixiao's Photographic Works, Daofeng Bookshop, Chongqing, China

2020    The Photobook Personal Belongings, Yiwei Bookshop, Chengdu, China 

2019    Adventurous Roses,  Luxe Life Magazine, Chengdu, China

2018    Personal Belongings, Sichuan University of Media and Communications, Chengdu, China

2018    How to Use Phone to Take Good PicturesYanjiyou Bookstore, Chengdu, China

2017    Personal BelongingsYanjiyou Bookstore, Chengdu, China

2017    Personal BelongingsNu Cafe, Chengdu, China

2017    The Language of Objects, Ace Youth, Chengdu, China

2016    Rencontres romantiques avec Chengdu,  Alliance française de Chengdu, China

2015    Beauty Shot StudioLane Crawford, Chengdu, China

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