Doors interviewed the winner of the Discovery Award of the 2017 Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, who had a solo show at France’s Rencontres d’Arles in the summer of 2018. Born in 1971 in Chengdu (Sichuan), Feng Li, a graduate of Chinese medicine, practices photography both as a civil servant for the provincial Department of Communication and as an independent. He constantly gravitates between official imagery and his personal work, which is at complete odds with the propaganda he’s crafting for a living. The photos of Feng Li are the result of fortuitous encounters with an unlikely cast of reality, in the streets of Chengdu and around the world. Since 2005, Feng Li has constantly nourished his single and unique series White Night.
His past exhibitions and awards include: White Night, Solo Exhibition at Nanjing Art Institute (2016), Snack at Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Our Future at Beijing Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing Photo Biennial (2015), Chongqing Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale (2015), Ten Years of Contemporary Photography in China (2015), Jinan International Photography Biennale Best Photographer Award, the 8th Lianzhou International Photography Festival jury award (2012).
The show at Rencontres d’Arles in the summer of 2018 was Feng Li’s first international solo exhibition.