Blending in: Liu Bolin style
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Can you see them?
Meet Liu Bolin, born in 1973 in Shandong, China and graduated from the Sculpture Department of Central
Academy of Fine Arts with a master degree. He didn’t get any good job after graduation, and he felt rejected by his own community because of that.
In his invisible art “Hiding In The City”, he stand silently in front of his chosen scene, using himself as the blank canvas. His friends helped him with all the paintings and photographs of course; he tried his best to merge seamlessly with the surroundings, making it look as if he was never there. People really didn’t noticed about him until he actually twitched to move! Pretty cool eh?
Liu said he wanted to show how city surroundings affected people living in them. He added that the inspiration behind his work was a sense of not fitting in to modern society and was a silent protest against the persecution of artists.
He said, “At that time, contemporary art was in quick development in Beijing, but the government decided it did not want artists like us to gather and live together.”
“Also many exhibitions were forced to close.”
‘The situation for artists in China is very difficult and the forced removal of the artist’s studio is in fact my direct inspiration of this series of photographs, Hiding In The City.”
Here are some of his work of art in various places…
Can you find him?
There are more pictures of his artistic works on the internet, I’ll just let you do the searching to find out more.
My work is a kind of reminder, to remind people what the community we live in really looks like, and what kind of problems exist. ~ Liu Bolin