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Dodd Post MFA Fellow, Amiko LI's exhibition The Purpose of Disease draws on strategies of reenactment, exchange, and mistranslation in examining phenomena related to the treatment of the mind and body. The project which exists as text, photographs, found objects, and performance circulates around a set of concerns drawing from sources such as acupuncture, palm reading, induction of psychogenic illness, tetrochromacy in birds, evolution, rating systems, and body autonomy. Li's study of our treatment and views towards what is considered "diseased" relates to broader examinations of our culture which, in turn, paves the way for the potential of renewal.
Amiko Li (b. 1993, Shanghai) is a visual artist working in photography, text and video. His works explore the paradox of intimacy and distance. He is the recipient of the PDN The Curator Award, Center Project Launch Award, and Royal Ulster Academy Portrait Prize. Exhibition include Abrons Arts Center, New York; LeRoy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University, New York; Ulster Museum, Ireland; Thorvald Meyers 51, Norway; Beijing World Art Museum, China; and Belfast Photo Festival, Ireland. Screenings include Anthology Film Archive, New York; Landline, Chicago; Flat Earth Film Festival, Iceland. Publications include Adbusters; American Chordata; Esquire Russia; Juxtapoz; and New Yorker Photo. He was recently awarded residencies and fellowships at Triangle Arts Association, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart.