The art of disappearing

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.”

Hiding in the City no. 88 Sawmill, 2010

Liu Bolin: Hiding in the City no. 88 Sawmill, 2010

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“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.”

Hiding in the City no. 100 Chinese Bookshelf, 2012

Liu Bolin: Hiding in the City no. 100 Chinese Bookshelf, 2012

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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.

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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.”

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Rose Roberts says:

    Sigrun, I love the places and people you ‘introduce’ me to through your wonderful and thought-provoking blog. Thank you! With best wishes from Toronto, Canada, Rose

    1. Sigrun says:

      Dear Rose,
      thank you so much for stopping by and telling me!

      Best,
      Sigrun

  2. Alina says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for visiting me – I am so happy to “discover” your blog! Incredible images and very thought-provoking…

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you – and welcome!
      🙂

  3. Rio says:

    His work is powerful, even without the political content. Thanks for sharing.
    Rio, also from Toronto 😊

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you, Rio – for lots of great comments throughout the year!
      Happy holidays!

      Sigrun

  4. Jeanne says:

    How silence and invisible can produce more impact than a scream…vulgarity turns away and grace invites. Beautiful. J

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you &
      BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR!

      1. Jeanne says:

        To 2017!! All the best to you in the coming days…

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