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Yushi Li

MA work

Your Reservation Is Confirmed

In the project Your Reservation Is Confirmed, I rent the ‘ideal’ home through the online hospitality service Airbnb, and book the ‘ideal’ man through the Internet to construct my ‘ideal’ images. By bringing these instant illusions of the desired life out of the digital screen, my work tries to explore the commodification of our desire and question the distinction between representations and individual subjects in an era of rapid social change.


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Photography, 2018

  • My work engages with the question of the gaze in relation to gender, desire and sexuality, culminating in the investigation of the male representation as an erotic subject in light of digital social networks. 

    As both the viewer and the subject, I use photography as an invasive tool of observing to play with the power relationship inherent in the gaze, and to question the masculinity/feniminity opposition in the current age.

  • Degrees

  • BA Soil and Water Conservation and Combating Desertification, Beijing Forestry University, 2014; MSc Environmental Systems Engineering, University College London, 2015
  • Experience

  • Artist talk, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, BA Fine Art Photography, London, 2018; New Media Editor, T Magazine China, Beijing, 2015-2016
  • Exhibitions

  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018, South London Gallery, London, 2018; Liverpool Biennial 2018, Liverpool, 2018; Photography Project Space, Royal College of Art, London 2018; 2017 Harley Open Exhibition, The Harley Gallery, Nottingham, 2017; Offprint, Tate Modern, London, 2017; Work in Progress show, Royal College of Art, London, 2017
  • Awards

  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018; 2017 Harley Open Call, shortlisted