Senior Lecturer, BA Photography

Dinu Li is an interdisciplinary artist working with the moving image, photography, installation and performance. In his practice, Li examines the manifestation of culture in the everyday, finding new meaning to the familiar, making visible the seemingly invisible. Archives plays an active role in Li’s work, used as points of departure for his projects. His methodology is research based, with an emphasis on appropriation and reconfiguration. Li’s work is often characterised by problematising the document as part of the modus operandi.  

Li has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including the 53rd Venice Biennale; the 3rdBucharest Biennale; Tashkent Biennale 2007, Uzbekistan; Tatton Park Biennial 2012; EVA 2005; Contact FotoFest 05, Toronto; PHotoEspana 13, Madrid; Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden; Oldenburger Kunstverein, Germany; the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin; White Space 798, Beijing; the V&A, London; OCT Loft, Shenzhen; Konsthall C, Farsta, Sweden; Chalk Horse, Sydney; San Antonio Art Gallery, Texas; and Alternative Space Loop, Seoul.

Li’s works are held in private collections in Berlin, London, St Gallen and Zurich. He has undertaken international artist residencies for ArtSway in Sichuan; OCAT in Shenzhen; an Artists Exchange Residency in Central Asia through the British Council, Space and Cornerhouse. Li’s work has been in several publications as well as his own monographs and is featured in Phaidon’s 2013 survey book ‘The Chinese Art Book’ showcasing artworks by two hundred significant Chinese artists since the Shang Dynasty. He has presented papers in many conferences including Urban Encounters at Tate Britain in 2017. 

Dinu Li joined Falmouth University in 2015 as Senior Lecturer in BA Photography

External Links

Dinu Li staff picture

Contact details

Telephone 01326259174



Year Qualification Awarding body
2012 Fellow The Higher Education Academy
2001 BA Photography Liverpool John Moores University

Membership of external committees

Association for Photography in Higher Education

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Photography as time based media
Issue based practices
Photography and sculpture
Performance within photography

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Li, Dinu

    (2019), The Anatomy of Place, In: Look Photo Biennial 2019, from Thursday 17/10/2019 to Saturday 21/12/2019, The Anatomy of Place as part of the 2019 Look Photo Biennial took place in Birkenhead Market
  • Li, Dinu

    (2019), Nation Family, In: Exeter Contemporary Open, 20/09/2019 to 10/11/2019, Exeter Phoenix
  • Li, Dinu

    (2018), Here/Elsewhere, In: Here/Elsewhere, 15th September 2018, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
  • Li, Dinu

    (2018), The Anatomy of Place, In: The Anatomy of Place, 23rd June 2018 to 14th July 2018, Danielle Arnaud in London
  • Li, Dinu

    (2018), Nation Family, In: Oriel Davies Open 2018, 23rd June 2018, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales
  • Li, Dinu

    (2016), The Mother of All Journeys, In: WYNG Masters Award Exhibition, 2016, Exhibition Gallery, Central Library, Hong Kong
  • Li, Dinu

    (2016), The Ubiquitous One, In: Sunscreen, 2016, New Art Exchange, Nottingham
  • Li, Dinu

    (2015), The Mother of All Journeys, In: DongGang International Photography Festival, 2015, DongGang Museum of Photography, South Korea
  • Li, Dinu

    (2015), Multiplicity, In: Work, Rest & Play, 2015, The Photographers Gallery, OCT Loft, Shenzhen, China
  • Li, Dinu

    (2018), Nation Family, In: Oriel Davies Open 2018, 23 June 2018 - 05 September 2018, Oriel Davies Gallery The Park, Newtown Powys SY16 2NZ, Item availability may be restricted.


Areas of teaching

  • Practice based photography

Courses taught

  • BA (Hons) Photography

Professional Engagement

Independent professional practice

Solo Exhibitions

2018 As If I Were A River – Bury Art Museum
2018 The Anatomy of Place – Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London
2012 Nella Mia Fantasia – ICIA, Bath
2010 Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is Mystery – QUAD, Derby
2009 Family Village – Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London
2009 The Mother of All Journeys – Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong
2009 Family Village – The Arts Institute at Bournemouth
2008 Press The Star, Then Say Hello – Manchester Art Gallery
2008 Dinu Li – ArtSway, Hampshire
2008 The Mother of All Journeys – Museumsnacht, St Gallen, Switzerland
2008 Where Memories Take Me – Petra Rietz Salon, Berlin
2007 The Mother of All Journeys – 42 New Briggate, Leeds
2007 Chronicle of a Dream Foretold – The Bigger Picture, Manchester
2005 Age of Transition – BCA Gallery, Bedford 
2005 As If I Were A River – Bury Arts Gallery & Museum
2005 As If I Were A River – Mid Pennine Gallery, Burnley
2005 As If I Were A River – Waterside Art Gallery, Manchester
2004 Outside Are Our Dreams – Chapman Gallery, Salford

Group Exhibitions

2020 The Winter Garden Project – Houston Centre for Photography
2019 Look Photo Biennial – Liverpool
2019 Exeter Contemporary Open – Exeter Phoenix 
2019 NAE Open –New Art Exchange, Nottingham
2018 Here/Elsewhere – He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen
2018 Oriel Davies Open 2018 – Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales
2017 We Write Our Own History – Angkor Photography Festival
2016 WYNG Masters Award – Exhibition Gallery, Central Library Hong Kong
2016 Sunscreen – Quad, Derby
2016 Sunscreen – New Art Exchange, Nottingham
2015 DongGang International Photography Festival, South Korea
2015 Work, Rest & Play – The Photographers’ Gallery at OCT Loft, Shenzhen, China
2013 All Together Now – Odean, Chester
2013 PHotoEspana 13 – IED, Madrid
2013 Collection Selection III – Christian Roellin Gallery, St Gallen
2012 Flights of Fancy – Tatton Park Biennial 2012
2012 Rooftop Screenings – 2012 Hong Kong Art Fair
2012 PhotoIreland – Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin
2012 The World in London – The Photographers Gallery offsite project
2011 ARTPROJX Cinema – SVA Theatre, New York
2011 Hunter, Gatherer – Project Space Leeds
2011 Peripheries – Piccadilly Place, Manchester
2011 Asia Triennial Manchester II – Bury Art Museum
2011 Window Projects – Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong
2010 Public Discourse Sphere – Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Korea
2010 Diorama Projections – 2P Contemporary Art Gallery, Hong Kong
2010 Contemporary Chinese Photography – Oldenburger Kunstverein, Germany
2010 The Problem of Asia – Para/Site Art Space HK at Chalk Horse, Sydney
2010 Asia Feature – Christian Roellin Gallery, Zurich
2009 53rd Venice Biennale – ArtSway’s New Forest Pavilion, Venice
2009 Distance Decay – Diorama, Arles, France
2009 The Map: Navigating the Present – Konsthall C, Farsta, Sweden
2008 The Map: Navigating the Present – Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden
2008 Secret Shadows – Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
2008 Visions in the Nunnery – Nunnery Gallery, London
2008 Being Here. Mapping The Contemporary  – The 3rdBucharest Biennale
2007 London Is The Place For Me – Rivington Place, London
2007 Central Asian Project – Tashkent Biennale, Uzbekistan
2007 Central Asian Project – Underground Hall, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
2007 Central Asian Project – Tengri-Umay Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
2007 Central Asian Project – SPACE, London
2007 Central Asian Project – Cornerhouse, Manchester
2006 3 UK Artists in Central Asia – Exhibition Hall, Almaty, Kazakhstan
2006 In Exposed Areas – Kulturbunker, Cologne
2006 Liminal Britain – University of Texas at San Antonio Art Gallery
2005 The Mother of All Journeys – Victoria and Albert Museum
2005 Liminal Britain – University of North Texas Art Gallery
2005 Escaping: Fugitive Geography – Contact Foto Fest 05 Toronto                 
2005 Open ev+a 2005 – St. Mary’s Chapel, Limerick
2004 Assembly – Liverpool Biennale
2004 Home – Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
2004 Family Stories – White Space 798, Beijing
2004 Home – Artsdepot, London
2004 Trace – Hirschl Gallery, London
2004 Home – Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery
2004 Home – Derby Museum and Art Gallery
2004 Home – Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester
2003 River Journeys – The Lowry, Salford
2002 Ten Thousand Li – Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
2002 Ten Thousand Li – Photofusion, London
2002 Ten Thousand Li – Impressions, York
2002 Ten Thousand Li – Folly Gallery, Lancaster
2002 Ten Thousand Li – Collins Gallery, Glasgow

Curatorial Projects

2006 - 2007 Make it a Better Place – Holden Gallery, MMU, Manchester 
2006 - 2007 Look 07, Artistic Programmer 
2002 - 2004 Home - Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester