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 thoughts on “The art of disappearing

  1. 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

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