Amiko Li (China/USA) is a visual artist who works between installation, writing and performance. His works take an aleatoric approach to cultural nuances and interrogate the ethics of language and representation through strategies of reenactment, exchange and mistranslation. Growing up bilingual and practising art in diverse cultural locales, he strives for his works to embody the experience of being in linguistic and cultural contact zones. Particularly drawn to liminal spaces of intimacy, he explores alternative forms of political radicality through the “quiet work” of camera.

During his residency at Delfina Foundation, as part of Performance as Process, Amiko plans to work on an installation of experimental film, sculptures, and spoken word performance inspired by elevators. Taken as a non-teleological location of reflection and reminiscence, Amiko considers the elevator as a locale for us to mourn the past, dwell on future uncertainties, or to dream, and even create rhizomatic associations and possibilities.

Amiko Li received his BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA from Rutgers University. His most recent exhibitions and performances include: Center for Art, Research and Alliances, New York, USA (2023); Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China (2022); By Art Matters, Hangzhou, China (2022); The Shed, New York, USA (2021); House of Electronic Arts, Basel, Switzerland (2021); UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2020); University of Georgia, Athens, USA (2020); Anthology Film Archive, New York, USA (2019) and Abrons Arts Center, New York, USA (2018) Li’s work and photographs have appeared in publications including Adbusters, American Chordata, Artforum, Esquire Russia, Juxtapoz, New Yorker, T Magazine, and DIE ZEIT.

Amiko Li was born in Shanghai, China, and is based between Shanghai and Brooklyn, USA.

With support from

Delfina Foundation’s Network of Asia-Pacific Patrons


Performance as Process:
Season 5

Supported by M Art Foundation


Autumn 2023

Artist’s website



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