A unique project called “Hiding in the City” (“Hiding in the City”) was developed and implemented by 40-year-old Chinese artist Liu Bolin (Liu Bolin).
His original works contain Performance, photography, Art, and sometimes protest. At the beginning of his activity, Liu made original photographs on the streets of various cities, where he completely merged with his surroundings, whether it was a window of a street vendor of toys or mobile phones, an architectural monument or a wall painted in the style of “graffiti” by street artists.
Now the artist devotes most of his work to the symbolism of the Cultural Revolution or shows clearly the changes that have occurred in the country after the fall of the Mao Tse-Tung (Mao Zedong) regime.
Readers of the Museum of Design will be interested to know that Liu Bolin was born in Shandong Province in Eastern China in 1973. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Shandong College of Arts in 1995, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Arts in Beijing, China’s capital, in 2001.
His works have been exhibited at the most prestigious exhibitions in museums around the world.
Liu is also known as the “Invisible Man” for his series of works “Hiding in the City”, which are popular among fans of original photographs, which he began in 2005.
The Chinese artist belongs to the generation that reached the age of majority in the early 90s of the last century, when China only climbed out from the wreckage of the Cultural Revolution and the people began to enjoy rapid economic growth and political stability.
The artist-original has to stand almost motionless until 10 o’clock, while the team of his assistants puts on his clothes a drawing corresponding to the chosen composition.
Then a photo is taken and Bolin dissolves in the landscape. After Chinese officials closed his studio in 2005, Liu’s work became much more frank in the political sense — a kind of “silent protest against the state.”
The artist exhibits his works in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, China; Paris, France; New York and Miami, United States and other major cities around the world. To somehow celebrate the arrival of US President Barack Obama to China, Liu made an original stuffed animal in his honor.
In 2011, Liu Bolin created his famous series “Hiding in the New York”, which included unique shots of the “Invisible Man” against the backdrop of the urban landscapes of the American metropolis.
In January of this year, he originally designed the album “What About Now” (“What Will Be Now”) by a rock band from the city of New Jersey “Bon Jovi”.
Currently, artist Liu Bolin lives and works in Beijing. Street art
Personally, I have a genuine admiration for the works of the Chinese artist Liu Bolin! His photographs sincerely convey the silent state of protest against state arbitrariness and injustice.
This man is a real rebel of his time! More such magnificent masters and non-standard solutions in global issues!
I liked the art of photography from a wonderful Chinese photographer. What impresses me is how people disguised themselves as their surroundings, as well as how the photographer successfully picked up the angle. All of the pictures turned out unique and memorable.
The most favorite photo – with the image of pandas.
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