short documentary - 29'
by Michele Di Salle
produced by Hullabaloop & Limited Music Trade
Ren Ri raises thousands of bees in hives he has between Beijing and his farm on the island of Sanya, south of China.
Ren doesn't raise them just to collect honey, as a normal beekeper would do.
Ren is an artist and breeds his bees so that they can create fantastic wax sculptures, placed in special cases he designed and which will then be exhibited in art galleries around the world.
Ren Ri believes that his sculptures, so complex to realize that he doesn't reveal the technique in detail, they represent the metaphor of how human being interacts with nature: harmony, destruction, modeling and interference.
But Ren Ri is also fascinated by another aspect concerning the organization of bees: the political one.
What he believes, after years of experience working with bees, is that a cohabitation between differents groups of bees is possibile, but less between humans, more likely to conflict.
He believes that bees, on the other hand, are an example of tolerance and sustainability, within an ecosystem with limited resources.
Ren Ri was born in 1984 in Harbin, China, he studied Fine Art at Tsinghua University and then received his Masters at Saint-Petersburg Herzen State University, Russia. He has a PhD in Fine Art from Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. Ren Ri has won and been nominated for several international awards and contests in the arts. He has been exhibited internationally, including Italy (Triennale di Milano e Laguna Exhibition di Venezia), Germany (receiving his Kaiserring Award), China, Taiwan, Hong Kong.