LiuJin

The Chinese performance and photographic artist Liu Jin visited Aarhus in May/June 2015 on a DIVA residency supported by The Danish Arts Foundation. While here, he explored Denmark from coast to coast and created a selection of images for FRESH EYES.
Exhibition duration:
21-11-2019 - 21-11-2019
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LiuJin
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The Chinese photographic, performance, and video artist Liu Jin visited Aarhus in May/June 2015 on a DIVA residency supported by The Danish Arts Foundation. While here, he explored Denmark from coast to coast and created a selection of images for FRESH EYES as well as his own ongoing photographic series exploring common points of cultural heritage affecting people in both China and the west.

Liu Jin (1971), born in Jiangsu Province, China, graduated from the Department of Arts and Crafts at Jiangsu Xuzhou Engineering Institute in 1995. He works with globally current issues such as nationality, identity, technological development and the status of the individual in society in a wide field of photography, painting, video, sculpture and performance as intervention in the public space. His works are often inspired by the poetry of everyday objects such as toys, the German national anthem, plastic tubing, and flowers - often involving either his own body or the bodies of the participants in his performances.

His practice gathers its subject matter from the cultural crossroads between Western and Chinese culture. For example, one of his most frequently recurring characters - a nude, wounded angel with white wings - is an important part of Western religion and visual tradition, but receives a far broader and more earthly role (as well as gaining a human perspective) in Liu Jin's works. The vulnerable angelic form is used as an image of the modern human condition in a world constantly up-ended by new technological leaps.

This theme is picked up by Liu Jin in his controversial series “Injured-Angel”. The series was created as part of “A Starting Point: Intrude Art & Life 366 Days” at the Shanghai Zenda Museum of Modern Art, where several realistic angel sculptures were suspended as if they were clinging to window blinds and gutters on buildings and factories in public spaces. They not only showed the vulnerability of the individual, but also suggested a different perspective on the city they were looking at. The series also points to another characteristic feature of Liu Jin's works: His inclusion of the physical body, used as a multifaceted signifier of the human self, focus of various artistic genres, and problematized as "society's" property or used as concrete material in his practice.  

Selected solo exhibitions:
2016: The Danish Cultural Center in 798 Art District, Beijing
2013: Nowhere to Escape, Matthias Küper Galleries, Stuttgart / Beijing
2012: The Spectacled People, Four-Face Space Gallery, Beijing
2011: The Second Face, White Box Museum, Beijing
2010: Injured Angel + Religion Space, TIVAC, Taipei
2008: Lost Paradise, Art8 Gallery, Beijing
2006: Ascending Angel, Studio Rouge Gallery, Shanghai

Liu Jin has also participated in group exhibitions in China, USA, Canada, France, England, Spain, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Norway, South Korea and Singapore, in cities such as New York, Paris, London, Berlin, Toronto, Madrid and Milan.

Read more: https://www.lensculture.com/ljin
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