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Li Ran

LI RANPersona Swap, 2017–19, stills from synchronous dual-channel video with sound: 15 min 30 sec. 

Courtesy the artist and Aike Gallery, Shanghai.

“The features of the human skeleton vary from person to person while the skeletal structure reveals similar objective patterns,” Li Ran narrates at the beginning of Persona Swap (2017–19), as a black-and-white photograph of a face painted to resemble a skull fades into view, swiftly joined by its mirror image in the video’s second channel. In the lilting voice-over of

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