Minxu Li (b. 1997, China) is a London-based artist working with photography, digital game, and sculpture. For her, art is a means of communicating unspeakable things that can trigger obsessional feelings, such as taboo, trauma, subconscious, and the absurd.
The game was inspired by the ritual on Qingming Festival where Chinese people burn paper-made offerings such as cars, houses, money, and other necessities for their dead relatives in the hope that they could live their afterlife with the lifestyle they used to have. I captured paper-made furniture and other necessities from Chinese online shopping malls and made this drag-and-drop game in which people now get to decorate their dead relative / friend's afterlife home.
I have been recording my dreams with photography since the start of the pandemic. By doing so I explore how dreams provide an alternative narrative of one’s memories and emotions. They are, I feel, like a loosely built cottage - the structural instability allows one to see more light inside from between the gaps.
This photographic project is inspired by my personal experience of romantic relationships. The balance I always find myself trying to achieve is usually extremely hard - just like walking on a frozen pond, I could fall from being open to oversharing, from being affectionate to needy, from liking someone to projecting fantasy upon them. It's like a tender war, a process of gently scratching the place where you feel itchy.