Liu Xinyi (China) is interested in how individuals understand and respond to the technicalisation of politics. His practice starts from verifying widely accepted political common sense and later develops in tracking the communication of ideologies in the transnational public sphere represented by satellite TV, commercial films, online encyclopaedias and social media. In recent years, he began his search for social spaces in reality with attention to the social construction of Chinese body, from which he inquires traces of the underlying technologies that continue to build modern governance.

For his residency at Delfina Foundation, Liu will conduct research on the cultural changes of policing policies with the associated technologies involved in public security in the UK. He is also interested in studying how changes in a nation’s sovereignty effects their domestic control and diplomatic behaviours.

Liu Xinyi is currently based in Beijing. He received his BA from the Sculpture Department, China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, and his MFA from the Art Department, Goldsmiths in London. Liu works on various medium including installation, moving & still image and context-specific project.

A selection of his solo exhibitions/projects includes Signal (2018), Xining Contemporary Art Space & Xiaoqiao Art Space, Xining; Fraternité Passagère (2018), Galerie Liusa Wang & Espace DawanArt, Paris; Air Port (2017), Forum Art Museum, Dongguan; Hundred Thousand Miles Away (2016), White Space Beijing, Beijing; Chaoyang Qunzhong (2015), A307 Space, Beijing; Goulash (2014), White Space Beijing, Beijing and Excitation Waves (2013), Taikang Space, Beijing. His works have been featured in group exhibitions at Hyundai Motor Studio, Beijing, OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, Qiao Space & Tank Shanghai Project Space, Shanghai, Busan Biennale 2016, Busan, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, OCAT Xi’an, Xi’an, Yuz Museum, Jakarta and Ullens Center of Contemporary Art, Beijing. He was nominated for the list of candidate of the Young Artist of the Year of the 11th Award of Art China (2017), and he was one of the shortlisted artists for the 4th Art Sanya Huayu Youth Award (2015).

With support from

Delfina Foundation’s Network of Asia-Pacific Patrons

Artist’s website



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