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April 3, 2011

Your Turn: Liu Bolin Fitting In

Considering Liu Bolin says his art is a protest against the Chinese government, but these intricately composed photographs could be set anywhere in the world, I’m wondering how you read his larger strategy as well as the distinct meaning of this latest piece “recorded” in Paris at the Grand Palais on Friday.

Backgrounder. More photo pieces here and here.

(photo: Bertrand Langlois / AFP – Getty Images.  caption: Chinese artist Liu Bolin stands at the end of a happening at the Grand Palais in Paris on Friday, April 1. Bolin, from Shandong, China, manages to camouflage himself in any surroundings, no matter how difficult they might be. Standing silently in front of his chosen scene, in locations all around the world, the 37-year-old artist uses himself as a blank canvas.)

  • Asta

    I don’t know what to think.

    PhotoShop comes to mind.

  • Cate Blouke

    Well, it seems to be making a point about invisibility – perhaps that the people are just part of the background/architecture. Using a stairwell positions them as a means for climbing upward (in the global power hierarchy?) and also as that which is being stepped on – so ascension = domination.

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