Lijiang Studio is an artists residency and much more. Their projects have a connection with local village residents, from the family that cooks meals and shares living quarters, to the artwork produced by international & Chinese artists.
I visited the studio today to talk to Lisa Li about the mural projects she’s been coordinating there. Just in time – tomorrow she’s headed up to Kunming to work on a book documenting the Lijiang Studio murals.
Here’s the first thing you see as you walk in the gate: a giant green phallic symbol out of X-tra large beer bottles.
Lijiang Old Town is saturated with millions of tourists a year; in the evenings, local culture is portrayed in caricature, with restaurant workers calling for tourists along Lijiang’s “Pub Street”, while wearing polyester versions of traditional clothes. [It makes Siem Reap/Angkor Wat look calm by comparison.]
A visit to Lijiang Studio: a great way to get a feel for the countryside surrounding Lijiang town, and a chance to see some experimental art too.