Liu Bolin Exhibition Catalogue

20 x 27cm, 96 pages


The official catalogue for the 2019 Ballarat International Foto Biennale headline exhibition Camouflage. The exhibition examined Chinese artist Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition demonstrated how the artist’s strategy of camouflage allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place. Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.

20 x 27cm, 96 pages, paperback

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