Can a person disappear in plain sight? & Can disappearing be a political statement?
“Disappearing is not the main point of my work,” Liu has said. “It’s just the method I use to pass on a message… It’s my way to convey all the anxiety I feel for human beings.”
Liu Bolin: Hiding in the City no. 88 Sawmill, 2010
“From my perspective, the meaning of human beings has been constantly annihilated in modern society. In the rapidly developing course, while living environment is improving, people are effacing themselves; what a great contradiction! I choose to hide in different backgrounds because each one has its own significance.”
Liu Bolin: Hiding in the City no. 100 Chinese Bookshelf, 2012
In 2013, Bolin began to include other people in his images. He took this picture in a village in rural China whose residents had been deeply impacted by a nearby chemical plant. “Every night, the chemical plant emitted noxious gas. The local crops became inedible. The local groundwater became seriously polluted. Natural mortality rate doubled,” he says; he pays tribute to some of the survivors here.
Hiding in the City — Cancer Village, by Liu Bolin, 2013.
Liu Bolin: (b. 1973 in Shandong, China) is a performance artist and photographer known for immersing himself in environments for his work, earning him the nickname “The Invisible Man.”