Timjune Tianjun Li 

Tianjun Li (b. 1999, China), also known as Timjune, is a Helsinki-based interdisciplinary visual artist and musician with a primary focus on photography, sound, and performance. 

Timjune's artistic practice encompasses the interplay of various photographic subjects, sonic elements, and vocal experiments. His works explore alternative narratives of the human-nature relationship within contemporary phenomena. Through reconstructing photography and sound, he re-imagines surreal, fable-like utopias rooted in harsh realities, illuminating parallel trajectories between marginalized individuals and the ever-changing natural environment in the Anthropocene era.

Timjune's works have been showcased in exhibitions across the globe, including Contemporary Image Museum (CN),  PhotoSCHWEIZ Festival (CH)), Photometria International Photography Festival (GR), Paris Photo Day (FR) and cities such as Paris, New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Helsinki, Berlin, and London. He is also one of the youngest artists to host a solo exhibition in South China. Recently, Timjune was honored with several awards, including the 1st Prize in the New Talents of Belgrade Photo Month 2023 and 1839 Photography Award. He has performed and showcased his Photography - sound project Today, Tomorrow, and the Tales from the Wind at the OPIA Launch Night (presented by musician Ólafur Arnalds) at Silent Green Berlin, Künstlerstadt Kalbe, Crypt Gallery London, SIM Residency Reykjavik, and Finnish Museum of Theatre. Furthermore, he recently selected as the cover artist of "Modern Weekly" Magazine and he has been granted a solo exhibition by Photo North - Northern Photographic Centre (FI) in 2024. He has been invited by the renowned photography artist Aida Muluneh to exhibit his works at Africa Foto Fair 2024. 

In addition to his fine art pursuits, Timjune collaborates with the music industry, creating album artwork and visuals for international musicians and renowned labels such as Warner Music Group.

Visual Cultures, Curating, Contemporary Art, Master of Art, Aalto University, Finland

Sound in New Media (Minor), Aalto University, Finland

Communication, Bachelor of Art, South China Normal University, China

Exhibitions & Awards
Solo Exhibition at PhotoNorth - Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu (9.2024)

Africa Foto Fair (Upcoming, 2024)

Together: Poetic Asian Hands, Gaoshan Gallery, Helsinki

Directors Choice, photoSCHWEIZ, Zürich

KREATIVITÄT DER LANGSAMKEIT, GISELA, Freier Kunstraum Lichtenberg, Berlin

World Biennial of Student Photography, Novi Sad

1839 Photography Award, Contemporary Image Museum, Chengdu International Photography Festival, Chengdu

OPIA Launch Event Gallery (Presented by Ólafur Arnalds), Silent Green Kulturquartier, Berlin

Photometria International Photography Festival, Loannina, Greece

Hamburg Portfolio Review Public Space Exhibition, Platz der Republik (Altonaer Museum), Hamburg

Single Shot Winner Exhibition, Festival di Fotografia a Capri, Certosa San Glacomo, Capri

Creativity in the Time of COVID-19: Art as a Tool for Combating Inequity and Injustice, Buffalo Arts Studio, New York 

Past & Present: Der Greif 15 Anniversary, Pinakothek der Moderne and ZIRKA, Munich

Solo Exhibition, Space Place Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nizhny Tagil

Living Room, Free City of Kalasatama Gallery, Helsinki

Artistic Presentation in Vuosaari Ecologies, Villa Lill Kallvik, Helsinki

New Talents 2023 (1st Prize Winner), Belgrade Photo Month, Belgrade

Schu1pture the 0ther Way, Vallian Panimo Gallery, Helsinki

Empty Lawn, Photography Group Exhibition, Banshan Gallery, Tokyo

Rêverie: Christophe Tissot & Tianjun Li Dual Exhibition, Galerie Cipango, Paris

Photo Days Paris 2021, Paris

8th Stars Project: Contemporary Art Exhibition, Tree Art Museum, Beijing

Bushu Art Book Fair, Golden Union Surpass Space Expo, Shanghai

Poetry of Life, C-Town Art Space, Nanjing

Hide and Seek Experimental Photography Exhibition, Banshan Gallery, Tokyo

Film 500 Drift Photography Group Exhibition, Fuji X-SPACE, Shanghai

Solitude: Edge and Consciousness, Gumei Art Center, Shanghai

CHABF Art Book Exhibition, A4 International Art Residency Center, Chengdu

NABF Nanjing Art Book Fair, "Echo Project" Nanjing

Ningbo International Photography Week, Ningbo

Winter Exhibition, Echo Dark Gallery, Shenzhen

The Shapes of Hibernation, Solo Exhibition, Smilology Gallery, Guangzhou

RETURN Cross-Media Art Group Exhibition, Arbre Art Centre, Shenzhen

Features and Presses
Dovetail Magazine, 2024

Visual Dialogue, seen-zeen Magazine, 2024

假杂志 JIAZAZHI Feature Article, 2024

Featured Interview, Modern Weekly 周末画报, Dec, 2023

Agenda 2024, ISSP (Platform for Contemporary Photography, Riga), 2023

2nd Chengdu International Photography Festival Collection Publication, 2023

Featured Artist Seen-zeen Magazine, 2023

Feature Article in Ruskeat Tytöt Media #1, 2023

Cover Artist and Interview, Modern Weekly 周末画报, Nov. 2023

Photographer. ru, 2023

Foto Noviny 63, 2023

Black Camera, 2023

Photographer in Focus, NOWNESS Asia, 2023

Spotlight Interview, 艺术品鉴 Appreciation Journal, 2023

Subjective Atlas of Finland, Subjective Editions, 2023

Feature Article, BROAD Magazine, 2023

TORSO Magazine, Finland 2023

Personal Interview, Bestudio, Helsinki, 2023

Rotterdam Photo Festival 2022

Paris Photo Day 2021

Exhibition Book of 8th Stars Project: Contemporary Art Exhibition, Tree Art Museum, 2021

Interview: Tianjun Li:  "Painting" with Photos, creating moments of fantasy, Guangzhou Daily(GZ Photo) 2021

Cover Story & Artist Spotlight, SINK HOLLOW Magazine Spring Issue 2021 

Interview on 500px, 2021

Reppink Selects Feature Artist, Broad Magazine, 2020-2021

Opening Screen Display on Douban/Tuchong App, 2020-2021 

Cover Story& Interview: Tianjun Li: To Create a Moment in Fantasy, BLINK Magazine Vol. 040, 2020 

Interview on What You Need, August 2020 

Online Exhibition, BIE, July. 2020

Young Power Art Program Interview, BOBOSNAP Magazine, Spring Issue 2021/Fall Issue 2020

BLINK Artist Project: Tianjun Li: The moment when photography is implemented is mysterious, BLINK Magazine Vol. 034, 2019
Artist Residency
Winter Campus Residency, Künstlerstadt Kalbe, DE (Granted)

SIM Artist Residency, Reykjavik, IS (Granted by Aalto Art and Media Grant)

Theatre in Palm Artist Residency, SW & FI (Funded by Creative Europe)

Three Shadows Photography Art Center & Portman Hotel Residency (Funded by Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival), CN

Aranya Eastern Rising Tide Photography Artist Residency Program (Funded by Aranya), CN

Photographic Artist Residency Program, Yan Art Gallery (Funded by A8 Design Center), CN

Ripple: Artist-in-Residence Program, Spontaneous Art Village, Shanghai, CN

Performance & Art Programs
Open Studio and Solo Concert, Künstlerstadt Kalbe, Kalbe

Artist Talk at SIM Residency, Reykjavík 

Vocalist in Helsinki Improvisation Orchestra, Helsinki

1839 Photography Award, China

Performance at PENTHOUSE Gallery, Helsinki

Polyphonic, Crypt Gallery, London

Performance of Today, Tomorrow, and the Tales from the Wind at Finnish Museum of Theatre, Helsinki

Co-curator of “Fog is a cloud that touches the ground”, Helsinki

Photosynth Social Club: Summer Beat Camp & Sound Bathouse Performance, PIXELACHE Festival, Helsinki

Selected Artists of Hamburg Portfolio Review, Hamburg

Student Award Winner, Photometria International Photography Festival, Loannina, Greece

Single Shot Winner, Festival di Fotografia a Capri, Certosa San Glacomo, Capri

Chicago Boys - While We Were Singing, They Were Dreaming, IHME Helsinki

Subjective Atlas of Finland, Subjective Editions, curated by Annelys Devet

Selected artist for Connections Through Culture, China-British Art Links, British Council

Prize for Excellence at The One. art Global NFT Arts Competition

Young Power Artist Program, BOBOSNAP Magazine

First Prize at Photography Competition, Art23 Contemporary Art Gallery, Guangzhou

Previous Grants
2024  Winter Campus Residency Scholarship, Künstlerstadt Kalbe

2023, Aalto University, Art and Media Grant

2023, Aalto University, Art and Media Grant

2023, Ruskeat Tytöt Media, Publish Grant

2023, Amatryx Lab & Studio and Michigan State University, Artist Fee,

2023, Theatre in Palm Residency, Funded by Creative Europe

2023, Aalto University, Scholarship

2023, Aalto University, Art and Media Grant

Artist Statement

In my artistic journey, I explore alternative human-nature narratives of the Anthropocene amidst contemporary phenomena such as human rights crises, immigration dilemmas, and ecological issues.

I employ photography and sound as my mediums to reimagine utopias rooted in harsh realities, serving as a shelter of escapism or as fables for the future. Upon transitioning from China to Europe, I gained insights into shifting political landscapes and the coexistence of humans and nature. Embracing my new identity as an immigrant artist, I am inspired to explore and illuminate the parallel trajectories between social and natural phenomena, revolving around the destinies of marginalized individuals and communities, and the evolving environmental crisis. Under specific topics I wish to address and express, I capture photos from various times and spaces, exploring and building connections to reconstruct photographic elements into new poetic perspectives through double exposure and overlapping. Additionally, I handcraft mixed-media on the photos to enhance their narrative depth.

As an interdisciplinary visual artist and musician, in recent years, my artistic exploration has extended further into the symbiotic relationship between sound and imagery, seeking to evoke a multisensory experience of photography and sonic performance that transcends traditional boundaries, fostering a richer understanding of the narratives I seek to convey.

Timjune Tianjun Li