Li Hui the ambiguity of the intimate
Li Hui is a young Chinese photographer based in Shanghai, China. She graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2003.
Fascinated by double exposure, she began photography after receiving her first film camera in 2009. Eager to understand how magic worked and anxious to learn more, Li Hui became a self-taught photographer. Her photographic work is based on constant experimentation which for her is her source of inspiration.
“The character of an artist is inevitably reflected in his own work" - Li Hui.
The photographer describes herself as "relatively shy" and while her work captures moments of intimacy, these are moments most of us don't notice: limbs entwined fleetingly against a backdrop of rumbling sheets; the buttocks of an adolescent exposed to sunlight; bodies visible through steaming shower doors; fingers placed suggestively in ripe fruits etc ... Li Hui's ease of working with light makes each vignette - it is deeply inspired by cinema - present a naive spontaneity, as if it had only existed for a few seconds.
"I think that because I have less contact with society than most people in their daily lives, I am more sensitive to the little details and the little things that are often overlooked." - Li Hui
The faces of the models remain absent from Li Hui's work. This confirms what the most introverts advocate: you don't need eye contact to create some intimacy, the face ends up being a source of distraction. Li Hui's anonymous approach also makes sense from the point of view of his subjects. Indeed his muses are his relatives and it is often the same people who appear in his photos. Their identity is thus preserved.
Li Hui has presented his work in various art exhibitions mainly in China, the United States and Europe.