Chinese contemporary photographer and social activist Liu Bolin will be the centrepiece of this year’s Ballarat International Foto Biennale program.
As one of China’s most prominent living artists, Bolin deftly traverses the mediums of performance, photography and social activism.
Dubbed the ‘invisible man’ by media, he dissects the tense relationship between the individual and society by ‘disappearing’ into environments which are sites of intrigue, contention and criticism — particularly in his home country, China.
Bolin then engages his audience by asking them to search for the invisible man — a metaphoric representation of those who have been forgotten as China rises to economic fiefdom.
Having exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne; and Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Bolin cemented his global renown with a 2013 TED talk that went on to to be viewed by millions globally.
Since then, he has collaborated with the likes of Annie Liebowitz, the United Nations, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and The Louvre, while continuing to develop new work and exhibiting extensively.
Bolin’s Camouflage exhibition will be on show at the Art Gallery of Ballarat from August 23 until October 20.
“I’m extremely excited to exhibit Camouflage, which features work from my series Hiding In The City, at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale,” Bolin said.
“Presented in the exquisite Art Gallery of Ballarat, this exhibition showcases key works from the last 15 years, beginning in 2005 with my first work made at Suo Jin Cun. Audiences can expect an explosion of colour, a reimagining of the typical art gallery environment, incredible moments of interaction, contemplation and solace.”
“For this exhibition, I have worked with BIFB exhibition designers and curators to create a memorable experience for all those (children and adults) interested in art and global politics.”
24 Aug 2019 – 20 Oct 2019
The Ballarat International Foto Biennale returns in 2019, shifting its focus to photographers who present the world in unconventional ways and in unpredictable circumstances. Featuring the work of some of the biggest international names in photography, the 2019 program delves deep into photographic explorations of human behaviour and human intervention, traversing the terrain of ecology, rights, race, capital and conflict.