Can someone disappear from our visual field? Liu Bolin's work seems to answer affirmatively to that question. Hiding in the City comprises a series of self-portraits where, without using any finishing technique, the artist appears camouflaged in different surroundings to the point of becoming invisible as a way of protesting against the system. To achieve that, he paints himself into the various settings where he has chosen to pose, many of which are symbol of certain countries' economic growth at the expense of citizens' wellbeing.
In Liu Bolin's photo productions, the artists employs a series of procedures coming from the world of performance art, painting, and composition whose results reveal the deep articulation between Chinese tradition and identity, as well as a critical look on the dehumanizing forms upheld by the global economy. Through the camouflage technique the artist, next to a composition of live models, will present his work Target. Bolin's work expresses the interaction between human beings and the objects they have invented or created. His aim is to reflect upon the existing reality and to generate a debate on the different problems using Art as a tool.
Date: May 31
Time: 4:30pm, 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm
Venue: MACBA. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires
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Coproduced by the Buenos Aires Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA)
Curated by Casey Burry
Liu Bolin 1973, Shandong, China.
He lives and works in Beijing, China.
He is photographer, sculptor, and performance artist known for his self-portraits where, without using any finishing technique, he appears camouflaged in different surroundings to the point of becoming invisible as a way of protesting against the system. To achieve that, he paints himself into various chosen settings, many of which are symbol of his country's economic and cultural growth. He earned his BA at the Shandong Arts Institute (Jinan, China, 1995) and an MFA from the Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing, China, 2001). Chief among his solo exhibition are Hiding in the City (Boise Art Museum, Idaho, United States, 2015); A Colorful World? (Klein Sun Gallery, New York, United States, 2014); Liu Bolin - Ein Meister der Tarnung (Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany, 2013); Invisible Man (Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China, 2013); Liu Bolin: The Sociology of the Invisible Body (University Northridge Art Galleries, California, United States, 2012); Liu Bolin: The Invisible Man (Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, 2011); Hiding in Italy (Forma Centro Internazionale Di Fotografia, Milan, Italy, 2010); Liu Bolin (Sunshine International Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2010), and Hiding in the City (Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela, 2010). He also participated in collective exhibitions such as the East Wing Biennial: INTERACT (The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London, England, 2014); Religion, Ritual and Performance in Modern and Contemporary Art (Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio, United States, 2013); Aura and Post Aura (The First Beijing Photography Biennale, China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China, 2013); Conceptual Renewal - Short History of Chinese Contemporary Photographical Art (Si Shang Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2012); Black & White (Zero Art Museum, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China, 2011); Reflection of Minds (MoCA Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2010); Animamix Biennial (Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2009), and International Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition (Seoul Art Museum, Seoul, Korea, 2009).