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b. 1972 in Beijing (China), where he lives and works
Liu Wei’s artistic point of departure is the recent history of China. This offers scope for addressing such universal issues as the fragility of political power and collusion between human nature and urban development. Striking and complex, Liu Wei’s installations give a new, different form to what the authorities would like to keep locked away in the collective unconscious.
Liu Wei has recently shown at the Sharjah Biennial, the National Art Museum of China and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing), the Venice Biennale and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam).
La vie moderne
Liu Wei opens La vie moderne at the Sucrière with a labyrinthine installation titled Enigma, like a metaphor for the great megalopolises that are now so much part of modern life. Designed as a work in progress, the artwork consists of intentionally disparate elements – canevas, steel frameworks, found items, sculptures, and a video projection. The combination and arrangement of these items, and the way they are used, add up to a kind of organism with ill-defined outdated, authoritarian intentions. Enigma conceals traces of the systems and means of production that gave rise to the objects it is made up of. Liu Wei casts the visitor into a metaphorical trail that is all the more disconcerting since it cannot be avoided, or even escaped from.
Courtesy de l'artiste et Long March Space, Beijing; White Cube, Londres et Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York - Hong Kong
Venues : La Sucrière