Sun­flower (2012) by Liu Bolin

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Chi­nese artist Liu Bolin ap­pears in ev­ery shot in Hid­ing in the City, an on­go­ing se­ries of pho­tographs he be­gan in 2006. Or rather, he dis­ap­pears into them, stand­ing still for up to 10 hours while his as­sis­tants paint him un­til he all but van­ishes into his cho­sen back­drop, be it a su­per­mar­ket shelf groan­ing with in­stant noo­dles or, as here, a field of sun­flow­ers. He de­scribes his pic­tures, – which go on show around the French city of Vichy this month, in his first open-air ret­ro­spec­tive – as a “silent protest”. “Peo­ple are lim­ited by the en­vi­ron­ment and cul­ture that they have cre­ated,” he ex­plains. “As an in­di­vid­ual, they are in a state of be­ing dis­solved into real life.”

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