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Amiko Li

Nominated by SAIC

From the tropical plants trembling outside the brick wall in Xujiahui Park in Shanghai, to the poinsettia growing under an escalator in Union Station in Chicago, I explore places with doubts. My desire to do so is informed by a constant transition between China and the United States, naivete and disguise; while still feeling ambivalent about both lands. Negotiating my struggle with attachment, my photographs chronicle my psychological undercurrent in both lands.

I am surprised how this journey to the United States has challenged and accelerated my growth. Through photographing strangers I encountered and unfamiliar places, the image of my family and childhood memories in my mind started to shift in appearance and temperature,  I started to understand romance and intimacy. As I continue curious exploring, I am waiting for the story to unfold.

Image: Untitled (Shadow)

Resident year: 
2015
Cohort Group: 
Artist Resident