Dinu Li - The Mother of all Journeys

"Through a series of compelling colour photographs and old family snapshots, Dinu Li begins a pictorial journey into the memories of his 80 year old mother, who moved from southern China to the north of England in the early 70's. Working in collaboration with his mother, Li goes back to photograph the actual sites that appear in the process of remembering: from his mother's old school (now deserted) to the cornershop in England where nobody dared practise their English (demolished). Li's mother provides the narration while his images reveal the distance between the remembered time and place and their current reality. Many of the sites of family experience have changed beyond all recognition; these special fragments of time are only truly kept alive as memories. But Li's photography lifts these now empty rooms, unpeopled backyards and work places out of the mundane and into something much more profound."

Mark Sinclair
Senior Writer
Creative Review: June 2007

Dinu Li - http://www.dinuli.com/mother_journeys/14.html

Dinu Li - http://www.dinuli.com/mother_journeys/14.html

Li has produced not only a very well thought through cohesive visual narrative of the journey through memories and re photographed places, but the level of collaboration proves to be vital to the strength of this series. 

In the context of researching with my own practise in mind, this collaboration is similar to that of firstly me and my grandmother and then me and Hannah in my most recent series. It also shares some of the aesthetic characteristics of the family photographs used in my series'.

I haven't managed to do it yet but I do like the mixture of colour and monochrome curated together in this body of work. The partnering of images made during the research process as well as found photography is really interesting too.

You can find more of Li's work at http://www.dinuli.com/index.html



Sinclair, M. (2007). Dinu Li - Contemporary Artist. [online] Dinuli.com. Available at: http://www.dinuli.com/mother_journeys/review.html [Accessed 30 Oct. 2017].

Tragic, w. (2017). Dinu Li - Contemporary Artist. [online] Dinuli.com. Available at: http://www.dinuli.com/mother_journeys [Accessed 30 Oct. 2017].