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Forthcoming Exhibitions - Louis Lannoo GalleryNow you see me, now you don't: The artist who turns himself into the Invisible Man (24th of October 2009 - 22th of November 2009)
In Liu Bolin’s recent series, Urban Camouflage, Bolin paints his subjects as a continuation of their surrounding environment so that they blend almost seamlessly into the background, thereby questioning the boundary between subject and environment. Individuality is an important issue in a country still scrambling to rise up from the Cultural Revolution. China is now in a paradox of adopting capitalist values and economic dreams which exist within an anachronistic communist framework. Within this context of a desperate leap towards a “modern” future, Bolin suggests the disintegration of the individual. He has commented, “Indulged in the development he has achieved, man is in fact digging his own grave with his greed. To bury oneself in human society is by no means a simple way out that can permit one to be worldly wise and play safe. The concept of man meets denial. Instead of playing an active role in a dominant position, man, in the form of concept, characterizes his existence with gradual and self- incurred disintegration.
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