Liu Xiaodong: Chittagong

Liu Xiaodong: Chittagong

  • Liu Xiaodong: Chittagong
  • Liu Xiaodong: Chittagong
  • Liu Xiaodong: Chittagong
  • Liu Xiaodong: Chittagong
  • Liu Xiaodong: Chittagong
  • Liu Xiaodong: Chittagong
  • Liu Xiaodong: Chittagong
  • Liu Xiaodong: Chittagong
  • Liu Xiaodong: Chittagong
2017
100 pages
English / Bengali
Softcover, 17 x 24 cm
ISBN 9788867492961
€30
Flavio Del Monte, ed.
Texts by Diana Campbell Betancourt and Peter Doroshenko

“I like those places that ask intriguing questions and give no clear answers,” states Liu Xiaodong in the introductory phrases to the catalogue for his 2015 three-chapter exhibition Painting as Shooting, declaring that “predictable and overly planned things are uninteresting.” Often described as a painter director, he has traveled the world observing difficult aspects of the human condition, finding common threads linking experiences in contexts as diverse as rural China, border conflicted Israel/Palestine, refugee laden Europe, and most recently, the “metal graves” of Bangladesh, a land of paradoxes. The artist chronicles his observations from a distance in daily diary entries, sketching and photographing scenes from reality and arranging them into a storyboard. He sets up scenes to paint on site, but also if needed, he turns his studio into a space for “post-production” when life’s special effects become overwhelming. The artist transforms the inhabitants of the place he observes into lead characters of his silent film of a painting, rather than placing them in their usual roles as background noise in the saga that is life. – Diana Campbell Betancourt

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