Nirvana – Shark
230×550×260 cm
Stainless Steel and lacquer


What strikes the viewer’s attention is the image of a deformed container which is hit by a shark: the profile of the shape of the shark emerges very clearly. A container is meant to be simply used as a tool to transport items and it can be visually associated with an industrial aesthetic. The items that are usually loaded in the container are symbols of prosperity, trade and richness: they represent the progress and the glory of humans’ society. However, if we analyse the bigger picture, we can’t help but realise that there is an underlying paradox in our consumer society. This paradox is very well expressed in the slogan: when the buying stops, the killing can too. Nirvana is also the name of this artwork. Through this artwork, the artist hopes that sharks, subject to suffering to the point that they are at risk of extinction, can free themselves from the endless cycle of death and rebirth.


Li Hui was born in 1977 in Beijing, Li Hui graduated in 2003 from the Central Academy of Fine Arts. His sculptural works explore the physical properties of materials and the relationship between material and form, often challenging the influence of modern technology on the human mind. In recent years the artist has captured the attention of international critics.
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