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Crossroads
(2016)
Duration: 16'10"
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lilyhonglei, Asian artist, Chinese new media art, video art
lilyhonglei, Asian artist, Chinese new media art, video art
lilyhonglei, Asian artist, Chinese new media art, video art
lilyhonglei, Asian artist, Chinese new media art, video art
 
lilyhonglei, Asian artist, Chinese new media art, video art
lilyhonglei, Asian artist, Chinese new media art, video art
lilyhonglei, Asian artist, Chinese new media art, video art
lilyhonglei, Asian artist, Chinese new media art, video art
 

CROSSROADS is a three-part animated series. Aesthetically, the series mixes the imagery of classical painting with socialist propaganda art, while its narrative fuses the idioms of Greek mythology with that of traditional Chinese ghost tales. The piece offers insight into many facets of China’s political and social condition, shedding light on the country’s decades-long struggle between westernization and insulation. Visit Project Page for more info or watch the video.

 
       

Eight Immortals
(2016)
Duration: 6'00"
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Lily & Honglei, Asian Art, video art
Lily & Honglei, Asian Art, video art
Lily & Honglei, Asian Art, video art
Lily & Honglei, Asian Art, video art
 
Lily & Honglei, Asian Art, video art
Lily & Honglei, Asian Art, video art
Lily & Honglei, Asian Art, video art
Lily & Honglei, Asian Art, video art
 

In the film EIGHT IMMORTALS, eight well-known figures from Chinese history and folklore play the roles of the eponymous characters. Each of these individuals is presented in a syncretic setting; their traditional narratives play out against the backdrop of the Three Gorges Dam construction project. Such a juxtaposition highlights the irreparable damage that the massive project had brought about. The environment, cultural heritage, and the lives of locals are all numbered among the victims of the undertaking. Visit Project Page for more info or watch the video.

 
       

Gate of Heavenly Peace
(2015)
Duration: 3'40"
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tian an men 1989
tian an men 1989
tian an men 1989
tian an men 1989

 

tian an men 1989
tian an men 1989
tian an men 1989
tian an men 1989
 

The title “GATE OF THE HEAVENLY PEACE” is the literal meaning of “Tiananmen,” the name of the public square where the infamous 1989 massacre took place in Beijing. The film mixes the artists’ personal memories with symbolism from Chinese history and folklore and reveals the traumatic impact that the violent crackdown had on a whole generation. Visit Project Page for more info or watch the video.

       

The Milkyway
(2015)
Duration: 3'00"
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Urbanization in China
Urbanization in China
Urbanization in China
 
 

The animated film MILKYWAY reimagines the Chinese folktale of the Weaving Maiden and Buffalo Herder to reflect the social reality of present-day China. Settings include the urban landscape of Shanghai, the fireworks ceremony at the Beijing Olympics Stadium, and the ruinous aftermath of the Sichuan Earthquake that was concurrent with the 2008 Olympic Games. Visit Project Page for more info or watch the video.

 
       

The Peony Pavilion
(2014)
Duration: 4'40"
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consumerism, globalization
consumerism, globalization
consumerism, globalization
consumerism, globalization
 
consumerism, globalization
consumerism, globalization
consumerism, globalization
consumerism, globalization
 

Inspired by PEONY PAVILION, a popular Chinese play written in the 16th century, the animated film visualizes contemporary issues of a multicultural society based on consumerism. Visit Project Page for more info or watch the video.

 
       

Tripitaka
(2013)
Duration: 4'27"
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religious persecution in China
religious persecution in China
religious persecution in China
religious persecution in China
 

Inspired by Chinese classic Journey to the West, a fictionalized account of the legendary pilgrimage of Buddhist monk Tripitaka and his three disciples-the Monkey King, Pigsy and Sandy-traveling to India to obtain sacred texts, the work metaphorically depicts ordeals of individuals journeying towards enlightenment. Visit Project Page for more info or watch the video.

 
       

Butterfly Lovers
(2012)
Duration: 4'30"
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Asian diaspora
Asian diaspora
Asian diaspora
Asian diaspora


Asian diaspora
Asian diaspora
Asian diaspora
Asian diaspora
 

Reinterpreting a popular east Asian folktale, THE BUTTERFLY LOVERS reflects on Asian diaspora as well as new immigrants’ cultural identity and dilemma. Visit Project Page for more info or watch the video.

 
     
The Moon
( 2012-2013)
Duration: 8'00"
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Asian diaspora
Asian diaspora
Asian diaspora
 

By setting original ink painting works in motion, MOON presents a natural phenomenon in a manner that unveils an introspective human world – an approach is profoundly inspired by traditional eastern poetry and art. A reflection upon humanity, conflict, loss, and hope is drawn through space and time as a dreamscape of inner emotions merged with the natural world. Visit Project Page for more info or watch the video.

 
 
Dragon (2012)
Duration: 4'20"
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Lily Honglei art
 

DRAGON visualizes how the thousand-year-old unreal creature has influenced Chinese people's mindset and thinking. Visit Project Page for more info or watch the video.

 
 
Peony
(2009 -2010)
Duration: 2'00"
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lily & honglei art studio
 

Inspired by "Peony and Chinese Bulbul," a popular theme of Chinese ink painting that symbolizes prosperity, wealth and longevity, PEONY creates a very different atmosphere by blending motion, sound, space and imagery. Visit Project Page for more info or watch the video.

 
 
Forbidden City
Duration: 5'08"
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1989 Tian'anmen Square
 

Entitled FORBIDDEN CITY, the video melds digital animation with traditional Chinese paper cuts. Visit Project Page for more info or watch the video.

 
   

Pieta
(2013)
Duration: 5'00"
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September 11
September 11
September 11
September 11
 

Composed of a series of oil paintings, the animated short film depicts the sentiments after September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City. Visit Project Page for more info or watch the video.

 
       
   
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The River Valley

(2006)
Duration: 10'00"
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video art
video art
video art
video art
 
video art
video art
video art
video art
 

THE RIVER VALLEY unfolds love stories, emotional struggles and everyday American life in a small town in Ohio. Visit Project Page for more info or watch the video.

 
       
Mango Tree
(2005)
Duration: 4'00"
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vide art nyc
vide art nyc
vide art nyc
vide art nyc
 

Using subtle metaphors involving deep personal feelings, Mango Tree visualizes immigrants’ psychology struggling in between dreams and realities in New York City. Visit Project Page for more info or watch the video.

 
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