Li Liao’s art is based on experiments with social systems that use his own person as the key subject. He often actively mixes himself into fraught situations or intentionally upsets customs in order to bring about new recognitions. In Consumption, Li Liao entered the work force at the famed electronics producer Foxconn, then used his wages to purchase the same iPad Mini he was assembling on the factory line. In this way he frames a clear and revelatory relation between production and consumption.
This artwork was featured in the UCCA exhibition "ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice, ” 2013