Day 133: The invisible man

In 2005 the Chinese government decided they didn’t want artists living and working together. Liu Bolin was part of an artists’ village in Beijing which was destroyed at that time. In order to make a statement on this, he painted his clothes, hair and face to blend into the background of a demolished studio. There began, ‘Hiding in the City.’
Since 2005 Bolin has placed himself into the forefront of his art works, but as the examples in this talk show, it’s often difficult to spot him. The ‘Invisible Man’ silently commentates on the socio-political situation in China, embedding himself into a cultural revolution sign, a city landscape and an instant noodle wall at the supermarket. His works demonstrate the individual struggle to be seen and heard in the midst of changing political worlds. Bolin tells us, ‘The repeated struggles in life create artwork, no matter in what form.’

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