LIU BOLIN - Hiding in the City


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Published by Galerie Paris-Beijing
ISBN: 979-1-09-017649-2
Editor: Galerie Paris-Beijing
Pages: 160 (Hardcover)
Size: 285 x 285 mm


Excerpts from the preface by Silvia Mattei

At first glance, there seems to be nothing remarkable in these urban landscapes. But as we inspect them more attentively, we soon begin to perceive the discrete presence of a human shape in them. To spot it out may even turn into a sort of game. The subject of these pictures is the artist himself, his body carefully painted to simulate the background. His name is Liu Bolin, also known as “the chameleon man”. A Chinese artist of the new generation (born in 1973), Liu Bolin is specialized in stunning performances in which he perfectly disguises himself as the surroundings, constantly playing between the visible and the invisible. By making use of a number of artistic genres and techniques, ranging from sculpture to body art, from performance to photography, Liu Bolin is capable of posing for hours completely motionless. Thanks to his team of collaborators that includes painters and photographers, his body ends up completely swallowed up by the environment. No Photoshop post-production, rather, very careful body painting and a meticulous study of perspective is what makes the finest quality of his camouflages. Indeed, it is only after an extended series of snapshots that the artist finally selects what he regards as the image that best captures his evanescent presence.

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