Li Zhi

Li Zhi

China, born in 1979

The photowork Lunar Crater presents a replica of the craters that cover the Moon’s surface. In studio, the artist reconstructs its geological features out of a plaster powder refined through a sieve, using wads of cotton and a syringe filled with air. The assembled models are then photographed and digitally manipulated to recreate a background resembling the starry sky that envelops the surface of the Moon. To underpin these topographical reconstructions with scientific validity, Li Zhi has studied technical texts on the subject and drawn up an as accurate catalogue as possible of the craters that recalls an astronomical inventory. Each photograph is captioned in accordance with the system of official nomenclature for lunar features, the names of which commemorate scientists and astronauts of the past. Zhi’s piece plays on this naming system to address more broadly the profound human need to leave a trace of its passage on this remote and unexplored terrain. The series Lunar Crater thus simultaneously references the role of photography in science and investigates the fascination human beings feel for this mysterious and eternal celestial body.  


Beijing Film Academy, Beijing, China, 2010 – 2013
Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, China, 1997 – 2001


Li Zhi, Jansen from the series Lunar Crater, 2014
Inkjet prints
32 x 32 cm and 100 x 100 cm
© Li Zhi

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