until 30.10. (13.11.) | #2187ARTatBerlin | Migrant Bird Space present from 15th September 2018 the exhibition I’M EVERYWHERE by the artist Silin Liu 刘思麟 with her alter ego Céline Liu.
Rewriting history in her own image, award-winning concept artist Silin Liu (a.k.a. Céline Liu) ponders the role of photography in the era of cultural globalisation, the irrational worship of icons and our understanding of images as vehicles of historical storytelling. Silin Liu habitually crosses the boundaries of photography and digital art, while also exploring installation and performance. On view at Koppenplatz 5 will be Liu’s infamous series I’M EVERYWHERE, for which she received the Jimei x Arles Discovery Award, as well as works from her most recent project APPME, and an installation of the video-works SIRENS (click here for a sneak peek). The exhibition at Migrant Bird Space will be Liu’s first solo-show in Germany.
Silin Liu assumes the identity of her alter ego Céline Liu to travel through time and space: Partying with Diana Spencer, conversing with Simone de Beauvoir, protesting alongside Martin Luther King — iconic personalities and moments in history are cast in a new light by the ever-present persona of the artist. Each image is the result of a meticulous week-long process that places charismatic Céline into the familiar settings of our cultural memory. Rewriting history in her own image, Silin Liu ponders the role of photography in the era of cultural globalisation, the irrational worship of icons and our understanding of images as vehicles of historical storytelling.
“The film “Lucy” conveys the following truth: once a person’s intelligence develops beyond 100%, the body, which serves as the intelligence-bearing vehicle, will turn to ashes. The descriptive capacity of “I am everywhere” surmounts temporal and geographic constraints, and at this point, a person transforms into a “god”. When material media can no longer bear the energy of information, the form of the medium will similarly dissipate. In this way, the image is chock full of “everywhere”—it has immense energy, but is also hugely false; it is the end but also the origin. Every time we take a photograph and share it, it is like a ritual or ceremony. We are lost in this irrational worship, meanwhile emitting an entirely new version of ourselves, or, say we are releasing our pent-up selves; such a process expels the fear and helplessness of the environment, and the original but disordered environment maybe also gives us the freedom and opportunity to reselect our fate.”
— Silin Liu
SILIN LIU 刘思麟 b. 1990, Shenyang
Received her B.A. in Photography from the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang in 2012, followed by an M.A. from Tsinghua University, Beijing, in 2016.
Her series “I’m Everywhere” was awarded the Discovery Award at “Jimei x Arles International Photography Season” 2016 and on show at “Rencontres d’Arles” in 2017, amongst other venues worldwide.
Her most recent shows have taken her to Shanghai, Norway and Sweden, with upcoming exhibitions in Berlin and Singapore.
She lives and works in Beijing.
May -June 2018 The Artist is Online. Vaslisouza Photogalleri, Malmö,
2017 I’m Everywhere. 48th Edition of Les Rencontres d’Arles.
2016 The Artist is Online. Yangtze River Museum of Contemporary Art
2018 Fotografiets Dager. Preus Museum, Norway
2018 Charlie Chaplin: A Vision .Yuz Museum/Shanghai/2018)
2018 Nuit de la Photo 2018. La Nuit de Photo de Chaux-de-Fonds, La
2017 Follow_Me: New Narratives in Contemporary Photography | China —
Switzerland. OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, China
2017 SNCF Shed. Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles,
2016 A Visit to Classic-Chinese Contemporary Photography and Video. BA
Art Space, Shanghai, China
2016 Crossing Border-Border Crossing – International Festival of Crossing
Media. JCCAC Art Village, Hong Kong
2016 Ars Electronica Animation Festival. Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
2016 Silin Liu. JIMEI•ARLES International Photo Festival, Xiamen, Fujian,
2015 reGeneration3 . Third Edition of reGeneration International Exhibition
& Publication Project, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
2015 West Bund Art & Design 2015. West Bund Art & Design, Shanghai,
2015 Real & Unreal -The First Edition of Changjiang International
Photograph & Video Biennale. Yangtze River Museum of Contemporary
Art, Chongqing, China
2015 Top20 – Chinese Cutting-edge Contemporary Photography. Zhejiang
Art Museum, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Vernissage: Friday, 14th September 2018, from 7 pm
Exhibition period: Saturday, 15th September – Tuesday, 30th October 2018
Finissage with Concert: Tuesday, 13th November 2018, from 7 p.m.Zu Migrant Birds Space
Image caption cover: Silin Liu 刘思麟, Andy Warhol & Celine Liu, MO-Industries
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