*1971 in Hong Kong, China. Lives and works in Manchester, United Kingdom

BA (hons) in Fine Art & Documentary Photography

solo exhibitions

galerie | christian roellin, St. Gallen, Switzerland: Lokremise, City of St. Gallen, St. Gallen Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK: Press The Star, Then Say Hello
ArtSway, Hampshire, UK: Dinu Li
Museumsnacht, Switzerland 2008: The Mother of All Journeys
Petra Rietz Salon: Where Memories Take Me

42 New Briggate, Leeds, UK: 2007 The Mother of All Journeys
The Bigger Picture, Manchester: Chronicle of a Dream Foretold

BCA Gallery, Bedford, UK: Age of Transition
Bury Arts Gallery & Museum, UK: As If I Were A River
Mid Pennine Gallery, Burnley, UK: As If I Were A River
Waterside Art Gallery, Manchester, UK: As If I Were A River

Chapman Gallery, Salford, UK: Outside Are Our Dreams

An Tobar, Isle of Mull, UK: Treasured Island

group exhibitions

La Biennale di Venezia, 53rd International Art Exhibition, Palazzo Zenobio. Dinu Li – Family Village

Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden: BB3 Manifestation
Nunnery Gallery, London: Visions in the Nunnery
The 3rd Bucharest Biennale: Being Here. Mapping The Contemporary

Rivington Place, London: London Is The Place For Me
Tashkent Biennale, Uzbekistan: Central Asian Project
Underground Hall, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: Central Asian Project
Tengri-Umay Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan: Central Asian Project
SPACE, London: Central Asian Project
Cornerhouse, Manchester: Central Asian Project

Exhibition Hall, Almaty, Kazakhstan: 3 UK Artists in Central Asia
Kulturbunker, Cologne: In Exposed Areas
University of Texas at San Antonio Art Gallery: Liminal Britain

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK: The Mother of All Journeys
University of North Texas Art Gallery: Liminal Britain
Contact Foto Fest 05 Toronto: Escaping: Fugitive Geography
St. Mary’s Chapel, Limerick: Open ev+a 2005

Liverpool Biennale: Assembly
Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery: Home
White Space 798, Beijing: Family Stories
Artsdepot, London: Home
Hirschl Gallery, London: Trace
Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery: Home
Derby Museum and Art Gallery: Home
Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester: Home

The Lowry, Salford, UK: River Journeys

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool: Ten Thousand Li
Photofusion, London: Ten Thousand Li
Impressions, York: Ten Thousand Li
Folly Gallery, Lancaster: Ten Thousand Li
Collins Gallery, Glasgow: Ten Thousand Li

Shanghai International Arts Fair

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

awards & commissions

2007 Place, Space & Identity Commission by Renew & Arts Council England W. Midlands
2007 More Music for Morecambe Commission
2006 Autograph ABP Commission
2005 Arts Council of England Award
2005 Necessary Journeys Award, Arts Council of England National Office
2003 Commissions in the Environment Award
2000 Year of the Artist Award, Arts Council of England

2007 Rencontres d’Arles Contemporary Photography Book Award
2005 Santa Fe Prize for Photography
2005 International Photography Research Network Commission to Malaysia
2004 ACE decibel Visual Arts Awards
2003 Photoworks Contemporary Photographers Monographs


2008 Artsway Production Residency, Hampshire
2007 Arts Council England Research Residency, New York
2006 Artist Exchange Residency, Almaty, Kazakhstan
2004 Bedford Creative Arts, Bedford
2001 An Tobar Art Gallery, Isle of Mull, Scotland.
2000 Year of the Artist Residency, Arts Council of England


2008 Being Here. Mapping The Contemporary – Pavilion (Bucharest Biennale)
2008 Raw Material – B Arts
2007 The Mother of All Journeys – Dewi Lewis Publishing
2007 Press The Star, Then Say Hello; Calling Home – Pavel Buchler, Portfolio
2006 Liminal Britain – University of North Texas Art Gallery
2005 Necessary Journeys – Arts Council England in association with bfi
2004 The Photograph as Contemporary Art – Thames & Hudson
2003 As If I Were A River exhibition catalogue – CITE
2002 Ten Thousand Li exhibition catalogue – Open Eye Gallery

Selected Bibliography:
2008 Siún Hanrahan, ‘A Family’s Journey‘ Source, p.72 – 73, Issue: 54
2007 Claudia Stein, ‘The Mother of All journeys‘ Photography Now, Issue: July/September 07
2007 Diane Smyth, ‘Sentimental Journey‘ British Journal of Photography, p.9, Issue: August 07
2007 Mark Sinclair, ‘The Mother of All Journeys‘ Creative Review, p.70, Issue: June 07
2006 Zoe Gray, ‘Father Land, Mother Tongue,‘ Wasafiri, p.35 – 39, Issue: 48
2005 Robert Clark, ‘Age of Transition,‘ Guardian Guide, p.38, Issue: Nov 05
2005 Edgar Allen Beem, ‘The Long Road Home,‘ PDN Magazine, p92 – 95, Issue: Aug 05
2005 P. Elaine Sharpe, ‘Geography,‘ Dislocation Ezine, p.90 – 101, Issue: 15
2004 Mariko Takeuchi, ‘Pick Up Photo,‘ Ryuko Tsushin Magazine, p.124, Issue: Jan 04
2003 Jane Griffths, ‘As If I Were A River,‘ Flux Magazine, p.94 – 97, Issue: Aug 03
2003 Rebecca Geldard, ‘Ten Thousand Li,‘ Time Out, p.57, Issue: May 03
2002 Greg Leach, ‘The Mother Of All Journeys,‘ Next Level, p.60 – 69, Issue: 02
2002 Sajid Rizvi, ‘Chinese Infusions,‘ Eastern Art Report, p.36 – 37, Issue: 47
2002 Mike Dawson, ‘Dinu Li,‘ Flux Magazine, p.12, Issue: Feb 02
2002 Robert Clark, ‘Ten Thousand Li,‘ Guardian Guide, p.35, Issue: Feb 02
2001 Wing Fai Leung, ‘Ten Thousand Li,‘ Point (Art & Design Research Journal), p.27 – 38, Issue: 12

Selected Debates, Symposiums and Conferences:
Artists Run Studios, Shymkent, Kazakhstan
Bluecoat Art Centre
British Museum
Exhibition Hall, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Tate Britain
Tate Modern
Peterborough Town Hall
Victoria and Albert Museum
Guest Lectures and Artists‘ Talks
Cornerhouse, Manchester
Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Leeds College of Art and Design
Manchester Metropolitan University
Mid-Cheshire College
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
Petra Rietz Salon
Photofusion, London
Portsmouth University
Rivington Place, London
Shanghai University College of Fine Art
Staffordshire University
Stockport College of F&H Education
University of Bolton
University College Falmouth
University of Cumbria
University of Sunderland