Touch and Image–Give an Opportunity for Equality

Artist: Li Xiuqin
performance, sculpture | aluminum cast | 2013

For 20 years, Li Xiuqin has kept close contact with a group of blind children, attempting to discover a parallel sense of creativity through touch in the absence of vision. They are all familiar with the sense of “touch”, yet their perceptive ability through touch shows different degrees of intensity and levels of guidance. The artist has a pair of “professional” hands, familiar with the feel of clay and knowing how to shape it, while the blind Xu Macheng has a pair of hands that touch and feel everything around him. They shape each other’s face in clay to humorous and surprising results. The material world felt by Xu Mazheng’s hands is much greater than that felt by people with sight. Precisely because there is no support from sight, he can only think through the sense of touch. The result displaces our usual – visual – judgement of “sculpture”.


The 10th Shanghai Biennale - Social Factory | 2014.11.23 - 2015.03.31 | Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum(Shanghai, China)