Liu Bolin is a Chinese artist known for his performances during which he is authoritative in urban or aseptic environments and thanks to an accurate and total body painting, he is camouflaged with the surrounding space.
In his works, Bolin vanishes, becomes transparent, chooses to cancel himself, denounces the condition of today’s man who has lost his identity because of an extremely materialistic and technologized society.
Today, man, forced to act and think according to the system that society imposes, loses his individuality and ideally cancels out.
The artist says about his work: “It’s a gesture of denunciation. What is the development of the human being today, and where does it lead? Luomo is disappearing in his environment. Technology has brought a lot of material development, but to remain human what should be done? I don’t want to get lost in this labyrinth, so I choose this form of defense. I am for an art of civil commitment.”
So Liu celebrates the value of individualism and does so with the conceptual action of self-elimination and dispersion of the ego in the urban environment.
“The problem with human history is that it leads nowhere but to the safe death of the individual, and this is an ugly and monotonous thing, a simple question of urban clarity.”
– Charles Bukowski