Hiding in Plain Sight: Liu Bolin and the Art of Disappearance

Liu Bolin’s work continues to amaze audiences around the world. His site specific installations often play on the theme of hiding in plain sight. Bolin is a master at making himself disappear in public places and situations. He makes himself invisible by painting himself, his face and clothes, to match the background behind him.

With his ‘situational camouflage’ installations, which are at the same time site specific performance works,

Bolin dissects the tense relationship between the individual and society by ‘disappearing’ into environments which are sites of contention and criticism.

in Bolin’s Hiding in the City series, he camouflages himself by way of paint, performing a “silent protest” aimed at the Chinese government’s policies in the years since the Cultural Revolution. In a statement on artnet.com, he points out that “Disappearing is not the main point of my work.” The process of becoming invisible by camouflaging himself is “just the method I use to pass on a message. It’s my way to convey all the anxiety I feel for human beings.”

Liu Bolin

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Liu Bolin on Artnet

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