Chinese Performance Artist Silently Protests Forced Eviction by Becoming “Invisible Man”

Ministry of Tofu translates an articles from Global Times about performance artist Liu Bolin, who paints himself to be camouflaged with his surroundings:

Each of his photos requires long hours of preparation, the longest being ten plus hours. He transforms himself into a painting canvas, and with his assistant’s help, he blends in with the background.

He said he tries to convey message through his works, “Chinese artists are in a very difficult situation. The reason why I came up with this idea is many artists’ workshops were demolished forcibly. I wanted to create a series of photos titled ‘Hiding in the City’ to protest in silence the adverse circumstances artists live in, the terrible attitudes the society takes towards art.”

See more of Liu Bolin’s work via CDT.

February 15, 2011 12:39 PM
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