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Liu Bolin – Sunday 20 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Sunday 20 Oct 2019
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  • 10:00am
    October 20, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 20, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    October 20, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    October 20, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    October 20, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    October 20, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    October 20, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    October 20, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    October 20, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    October 20, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    October 20, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    October 20, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 20, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Saturday 19 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Saturday 19 Oct 2019
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  • 10:00am
    October 19, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 19, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    October 19, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    October 19, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    October 19, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    October 19, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    October 19, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    October 19, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    October 19, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    October 19, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    October 19, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    October 19, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 19, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Friday 18 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Friday 18 Oct 2019
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  • 10:00am
    October 18, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 18, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    October 18, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    October 18, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    October 18, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    October 18, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    October 18, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    October 18, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    October 18, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    October 18, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    October 18, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    October 18, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 18, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Thursday 17 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Thursday 17 Oct 2019
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  • 10:00am
    October 17, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 17, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    October 17, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    October 17, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    October 17, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    October 17, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    October 17, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    October 17, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    October 17, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    October 17, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    October 17, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    October 17, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 17, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Wednesday 16 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Wednesday 16 Oct 2019
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  • 10:00am
    October 16, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 16, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    October 16, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    October 16, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    October 16, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    October 16, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    October 16, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    October 16, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    October 16, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    October 16, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    October 16, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    October 16, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 16, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Tuesday 15 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Tuesday 15 Oct 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    October 15, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 15, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    October 15, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    October 15, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    October 15, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    October 15, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    October 15, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    October 15, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    October 15, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    October 15, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    October 15, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    October 15, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 15, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Monday 14 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Monday 14 Oct 2019
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  • 10:00am
    October 14, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 14, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    October 14, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    October 14, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    October 14, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    October 14, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    October 14, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    October 14, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    October 14, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    October 14, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    October 14, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    October 14, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 14, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Sunday 13 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Sunday 13 Oct 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    October 13, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 13, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
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    October 13, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
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    October 13, 2019
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    October 13, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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    October 13, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 13, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Saturday 12 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Saturday 12 Oct 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    October 12, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 12, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
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    October 12, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
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    October 12, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    October 12, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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    October 12, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    October 12, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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    October 12, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 12, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Friday 11 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Friday 11 Oct 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    October 11, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 11, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
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    October 11, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
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    October 11, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    October 11, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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    October 11, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 11, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Thursday 10 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Thursday 10 Oct 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    October 10, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 10, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    October 10, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
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    October 10, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    October 10, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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    October 10, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    October 10, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    October 10, 2019
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    October 10, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    October 10, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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    October 10, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    October 10, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 10, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Wednesday 9 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Wednesday 9 Oct 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    October 9, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 9, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    October 9, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
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    October 9, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    October 9, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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    October 9, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    October 9, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    October 9, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    October 9, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    October 9, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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    October 9, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    October 9, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 9, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Tuesday 8 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Tuesday 8 Oct 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    October 8, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 8, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    October 8, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
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    October 8, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    October 8, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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    October 8, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    October 8, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    October 8, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    October 8, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    October 8, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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    October 8, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    October 8, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 8, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Monday 7 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Monday 7 Oct 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    October 7, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 7, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    October 7, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
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    October 7, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    October 7, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    October 7, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    October 7, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    October 7, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    October 7, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    October 7, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    October 7, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    October 7, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 7, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Sunday 6 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Sunday 6 Oct 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    October 6, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 6, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    October 6, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    October 6, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    October 6, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    October 6, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    October 6, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    October 6, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    October 6, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    October 6, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    October 6, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    October 6, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 6, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Saturday 5 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Saturday 5 Oct 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    October 5, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 5, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    October 5, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    October 5, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    October 5, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    October 5, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    October 5, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    October 5, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    October 5, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    October 5, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    October 5, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    October 5, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 5, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Friday 4 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Friday 4 Oct 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    October 4, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 4, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    October 4, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    October 4, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    October 4, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    October 4, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    October 4, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    October 4, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    October 4, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    October 4, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    October 4, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    October 4, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 4, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Thursday 3 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Thursday 3 Oct 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    October 3, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 3, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    October 3, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    October 3, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    October 3, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    October 3, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    October 3, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    October 3, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    October 3, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    October 3, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    October 3, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    October 3, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 3, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Wednesday 2 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Wednesday 2 Oct 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    October 2, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 2, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    October 2, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    October 2, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    October 2, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    October 2, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    October 2, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    October 2, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    October 2, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    October 2, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    October 2, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    October 2, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 2, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Tuesday 1 Oct 2019


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Liu Bolin – Tuesday 1 Oct 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    October 1, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    October 1, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    October 1, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    October 1, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    October 1, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    October 1, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    October 1, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    October 1, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    October 1, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    October 1, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    October 1, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    October 1, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    October 1, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Monday 30 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Monday 30 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 30, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 30, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 30, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 30, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 30, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 30, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 30, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    September 30, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    September 30, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    September 30, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 30, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 30, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 30, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Sunday 29 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Sunday 29 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 29, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 29, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 29, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 29, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 29, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 29, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 29, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    September 29, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    September 29, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    September 29, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 29, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 29, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 29, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Saturday 28 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Saturday 28 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 28, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 28, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 28, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 28, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 28, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 28, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 28, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    September 28, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    September 28, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    September 28, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 28, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 28, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 28, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Friday 27 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Friday 27 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 27, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 27, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 27, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 27, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 27, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 27, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 27, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    September 27, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    September 27, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    September 27, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 27, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 27, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 27, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Thursday 26 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Thursday 26 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 26, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 26, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 26, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 26, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 26, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 26, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 26, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    September 26, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    September 26, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    September 26, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 26, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 26, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 26, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Wednesday 25 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Wednesday 25 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 25, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 25, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 25, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 25, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 25, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 25, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 25, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    September 25, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    September 25, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    September 25, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 25, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 25, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 25, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Tuesday 24 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Tuesday 24 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 24, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 24, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 24, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 24, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 24, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 24, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 24, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    September 24, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    September 24, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    September 24, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 24, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 24, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 24, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Monday 23 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Monday 23 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 23, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 23, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 23, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 23, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 23, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 23, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 23, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    September 23, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    September 23, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    September 23, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 23, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 23, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 23, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Sunday 22 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Sunday 22 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 22, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 22, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 22, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 22, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 22, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 22, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 22, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    September 22, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    September 22, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    September 22, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 22, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 22, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 22, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Saturday 21 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Saturday 21 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 21, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 21, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 21, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 21, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 21, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 21, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 21, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    September 21, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    September 21, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    September 21, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 21, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 21, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 21, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Friday 20 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Friday 20 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 20, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 20, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 20, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 20, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 20, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 20, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 20, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    September 20, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    September 20, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    September 20, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 20, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 20, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 20, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Thursday 19 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Thursday 19 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 19, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 19, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 19, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 19, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 19, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 19, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 19, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    September 19, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    September 19, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    September 19, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 19, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 19, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 19, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Wednesday 18 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Wednesday 18 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 18, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 18, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 18, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 18, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 18, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 18, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 18, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    September 18, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    September 18, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    September 18, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 18, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 18, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 18, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Tuesday 17 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Tuesday 17 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:30am
    September 17, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 17, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
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    September 17, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    September 17, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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    September 17, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    September 17, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    September 17, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    September 17, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    September 17, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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    September 17, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 17, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 17, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Monday 16 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Monday 16 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 16, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 16, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 16, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
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    September 16, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    September 16, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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    September 16, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    September 16, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    September 16, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    September 16, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    September 16, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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    September 16, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 16, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 16, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Sunday 15 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Sunday 15 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 15, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 15, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 15, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
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    September 15, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    September 15, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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    September 15, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    September 15, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    September 15, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    September 15, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    September 15, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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    September 15, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 15, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 15, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Saturday 14 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Saturday 14 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 14, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 14, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 14, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
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    September 14, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    September 14, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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    September 14, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    September 14, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    September 14, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    September 14, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    September 14, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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    September 14, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 14, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 14, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Friday 13 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Friday 13 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 13, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 13, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 13, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
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    September 13, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    September 13, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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    September 13, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    September 13, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    September 13, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    September 13, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    September 13, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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    September 13, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 13, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 13, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Thursday 12 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Thursday 12 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 12, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 12, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 12, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
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    September 12, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 12, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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    September 12, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    September 12, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    September 12, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    September 12, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    September 12, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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    September 12, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 12, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 12, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Wednesday 11 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Wednesday 11 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 11, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 11, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 11, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
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    September 11, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    September 11, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 11, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    September 11, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    September 11, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    September 11, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    September 11, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 11, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 11, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 11, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Tuesday 10 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Tuesday 10 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 10, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 10, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 10, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 10, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 10, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 10, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    September 10, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    September 10, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    September 10, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    September 10, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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    September 10, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 10, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 10, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Monday 9 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Monday 9 Sep 2019
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  • 10:00am
    September 9, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 9, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 9, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
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    September 9, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    September 9, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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    September 9, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    September 9, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    September 9, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    September 9, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    September 9, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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    September 9, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 9, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 9, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Sunday 8 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Sunday 8 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 8, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 8, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 8, 2019
    11:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 8, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 8, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 8, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    September 8, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    September 8, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    September 8, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    September 8, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 8, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 8, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 8, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Saturday 7 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Saturday 7 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 7, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 7, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 7, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 7, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 7, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 7, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 7, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    September 7, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    September 7, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    September 7, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 7, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 7, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 7, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Friday 6 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Friday 6 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 6, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 6, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 6, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 6, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 6, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 6, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 6, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    September 6, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    September 6, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    September 6, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 6, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 6, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 6, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Thursday 5 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Thursday 5 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 5, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 5, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 5, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 5, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 5, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 5, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 5, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    September 5, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    September 5, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    September 5, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 5, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 5, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 5, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Wednesday 4 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Wednesday 4 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 4, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 4, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 4, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 4, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 4, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 4, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 4, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    September 4, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    September 4, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    September 4, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 4, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 4, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 4, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Tuesday 3 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Tuesday 3 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 3, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 3, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 3, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 3, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 3, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 3, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 3, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    September 3, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    September 3, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    September 3, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 3, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 3, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 3, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Monday 2 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Monday 2 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 2, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 2, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 2, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 2, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 2, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 2, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 2, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    September 2, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    September 2, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    September 2, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 2, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 2, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 2, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Sunday 1 Sep 2019


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Liu Bolin – Sunday 1 Sep 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    September 1, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    September 1, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    September 1, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    September 1, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    September 1, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    September 1, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    September 1, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    September 1, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    September 1, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    September 1, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    September 1, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    September 1, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    September 1, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Saturday 31 Aug 2019


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Liu Bolin – Saturday 31 Aug 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    August 31, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    August 31, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    August 31, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    August 31, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    August 31, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    August 31, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    August 31, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    August 31, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    August 31, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    August 31, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    August 31, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    August 31, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    August 31, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Friday 30 Aug 2019


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Liu Bolin – Friday 30 Aug 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    August 30, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    August 30, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:00am
    August 30, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 11:30am
    August 30, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00pm
    August 30, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30pm
    August 30, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:00pm
    August 30, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:30pm
    August 30, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00pm
    August 30, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30pm
    August 30, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00pm
    August 30, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30pm
    August 30, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    August 30, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Thursday 29 Aug 2019


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Liu Bolin – Thursday 29 Aug 2019
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  • 10:00am
    August 29, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
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    August 29, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
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    August 29, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
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    August 29, 2019
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    August 29, 2019
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    August 29, 2019
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    August 29, 2019
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    August 29, 2019
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    August 29, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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    August 29, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    August 29, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Wednesday 28 Aug 2019


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Liu Bolin – Wednesday 28 Aug 2019
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  • 10:00am
    August 28, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    August 28, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
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    August 28, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:30 am
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    August 28, 2019
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    August 28, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    August 28, 2019
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    August 28, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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    August 28, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Tuesday 27 Aug 2019


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Liu Bolin – Tuesday 27 Aug 2019
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  • 10:00am
    August 27, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    August 27, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
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    August 27, 2019
    11:00 am - 11:30 am
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    August 27, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    August 27, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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    August 27, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    August 27, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    August 27, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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    August 27, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    August 27, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Monday 26 Aug 2019


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Liu Bolin – Monday 26 Aug 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    August 26, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    August 26, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
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    August 26, 2019
    11:00 am - 11:30 am
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    August 26, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    August 26, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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    August 26, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    August 26, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    August 26, 2019
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    August 26, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    August 26, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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    August 26, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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    August 26, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    August 26, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Sunday 25 Aug 2019


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Liu Bolin – Sunday 25 Aug 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    August 25, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:30am
    August 25, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
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    August 25, 2019
    11:00 am - 11:30 am
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    August 25, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    August 25, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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    August 25, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    August 25, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    August 25, 2019
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    August 25, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    August 25, 2019
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    August 25, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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    August 25, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    August 25, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi

Liu Bolin – Saturday 24 Aug 2019


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Liu Bolin – Saturday 24 Aug 2019
1
  • 10:00am
    August 24, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
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    August 24, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
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    August 24, 2019
    11:00 am - 11:30 am
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    August 24, 2019
    11:30 am
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    August 24, 2019
    12:00 am - 12:30 am
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    August 24, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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    August 24, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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    August 24, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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    August 24, 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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    August 24, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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    August 24, 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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    August 24, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:00pm
    August 24, 2019
    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curator Emma Thomson
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

Staged and photographed in-situ Liu Bolin’s images depict meticulously painted human bodies – often his own – hiding in the surroundings of everyday spaces and places.

Through the feeling of connection that we share with the human bodies depicted, the viewer is invited to question how the dominant perspectives at play in everyday spaces and places shape our sense of self; feelings of pain, violence or loss, as part of a broader human search for mutual understanding and connectedness.

In this way the camouflaged body can be thought of as vehicle for thinking and making change; a metaphor for the idea of ethical living, where freedom from domination, fulfillment of one’s own potential and the exercise of human rights, along with the call for simpler ways of being in the natural world, are at the heart of the artist’s struggle.


BIOGRAPHY
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilisation of its political situation. Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz. In 2013, Liu presented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals — including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality — where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.


MAKING OF ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING & CARLTON GARDENS
On Monday 19 August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented a live performance by Chinese contemporary artist Liu Bolin at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Liu Bolin’s images are not created with photomontage. They are created in the place where he camouflages himself. The creation of this new artwork in Melbourne involved six hours of careful staging of the scene, hyperrealist painting and then the final photograph was taken – all right there in front of the building. To see a beautiful videography of the day by Melbourne based artist Tim Hiller, please see the link attached and to find out more, come and see the exhibition!

Making of Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens Video


TWO STORIES FROM THE ZHUANGZI
Zhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish
Liu Bolin’s works can be situated in the Urban Mimicry Art Movement which has a long history of critiquing the monumentalisation of nation. However, there is something about the playful, participatory and dialectical nature of his imagery that is distinctively Chinese and can be situated more specifically in Chinese philosophical thought. Specifically, the Zhuangzi, an ancient book of stories which shares the same open-ended, playful tone that can be felt in Liu Bolin’s works. To read two stories from the ZhuangziZhuang Zhou Dreaming of Being a Butterfly and The Debate of the Joy Fish – please see the link attached and to find out more come and see the exhibition!

Two stories from the Zhuangzi