Liu Bolin is a Chinese artist whose fame came to him through his unique work. He creates photographic self-portraits by hiding his body within the surrounding environment.
He often pushes the public to reflect on issues such as immigration flows and the pollution of the environment. This is the exclusive interview he released to shot magazine.
What was your first creation? In your younger years, I mean.
The first time you explored the “invisible” path, where did the idea come from? Do you remember the very moment you got the inspiration to create camouflage?
Thinking about your extraordinary work, the process behind it is quite interesting.
Many of your oeuvres have been made in Italy. What moved your sensitivity to our country in the first place?
The last project, Migrants, focused on the “evanescence in between life and death”. As an artist, how do you handle the disgrace these people went through? Specifically, how can you overcome the pain you witness without being overwhelmed by the tragedy of the situation?
What is the piece of your art that you are most connected to?
Considering the political situation, what does it mean to be an artist in China nowadays? And how have things changed since you started working to now?
Can you tell us anything about your upcoming projects?
What would you suggest to a young person who wants to become an artist?