Li Ran

Li Ran

Life of the Pilgrim, 2017
Life of the Pilgrim, 2017
Life of the Pilgrim, 2017
Life of the Pilgrim, 2017

Li Ran (b. 1986, Hubei) currently lives and works in Shanghai, China.

Li Ran is an artist known for his performances and pseudo-documentaries that investigate the institutions of art history and contemporary art. Employing mimicry, repetition and satire to blur the boundaries between reality and fiction, Li draws attention to dominant narratives that have been accepted as truth.

Li has participated in many important exhibitions, festivals and biennials, including: “The Racing Will Continue, The Dancing Will Stay”, Times Museum, Guangzhou (CN, 2019); “Remapping Reality, Selected Video Collection from Wang Bing”, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai (CN, 2019); “Metageography: Orientaklism and Dreams of Robinsons”, ZARYA Center for Contemporary Art, Vladivostok, (RU, 2018); “The Making of an Institution”, NTU Center For Contemporary Art Singapore (SG, 2017); “Museum no/off – Encounters with Pompidou”, Center Pompidou-ESPACE, Pairs (FR, 2016); “Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs”, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila (PH, 2016); “From A Poem to The Sunset”, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin (DE, 2015); Solo Exhibition “Re-projecting – One or Many Roles”, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT Xi’an), Xi’an (CN, 2015); Solo Exhibition “One Man One Night”, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, CA (US, 2015); “Looking Forward”, La Biennale de Montréal, Montreal (CA, 2014); “A Time For Dreams – IV Moscow International Biennale For Young Art”, The Museum of Moscow, Moscow (RU, 2014); Biennale of Moving Images, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva (CH, 2014); “Many Place at Once, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts”, San Francisco, CA (US, 2014); “FORMER WEST: Notes from Berlin”, basis voor actuele kunst (BAK), Utrecht (NL, 2013).

Li Ran was nominated for “THE 12th Award of Art China”, The Forbidden City, Beijing (CN, 2018); nominated for “Future Generation Art Prize”, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev (UA, 2017); the winner of “Best Artist”, IV Moscow International Biennale For Young Art, The Museum of Moscow, Moscow (RU, 2014) and finalist of “Pierre Huber Prize”, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT Shanghai), Shanghai (CN, 2014)


“Every Man is an Artist” - Talking About Artists’ Social Engagement

January 17 – March 28, 2020


Free Prism-Video Wave

Boxes Art Museum

September 25 – November 17, 2019

The Racing Will Continue, The Dancing Will Stay

Times Museum

June 22 – August 18, 2019

HOW NOW:The Life App

How Art Museum

January 19 – April 19, 2019

Metageography: Orientaklism and Dreams of Robinsons

ZARYA Center for Contemporary Art

October 10, 2018 – January 13, 2019 



Heroes, Villains, Me and You


December 20, 2019

Portfolio, Li Ran

Even Magazine


Same Old Crowd


September, 2016

2014 OCAT - Pierre Huber Art Prize Shortlist Exhibition The Truth About Entropy


December 20, 2014