Wednesday, 30 April 2008
Dangling horizontally out of a skyscraper, this hovering figure looks set to fall to his doom. But Chinese artist Li Wei hasn't just lost it all on a game of chance - this is performance art with a difference. Li Wei has produced an unsettling series of self-portraits involving his face reflected in mirrors in public places, and photographs of himself crashing into walls and sidewalks.
His work is a mixture of performance art and photography that creates illusions of a sometimes dangerous reality. Li Wei states that these images are not computer montages and works with the help of props such as mirror, metal wires, scaffolding and acrobatics.