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Liu Silin

I, Celine Liu


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I, Celine Liu – She, Liu Silin creates through herself a character, Celine Liu, who traverses history, culture, politics, and identity, yet says that Celine Liu is in fact nobody: Celine Liu can be anyone, while anyone can be Celine Liu. In this era of image overload, Celine Liu employs herself as a medium to push the boundaries between the real and the fictional, the mundane and the ritual, the private and the public, the individual and the universal, allowing the character of Celine Liu to be circulated and fermented in the virtual world of the Internet, as well as to be “consumed.”

Thus, in “I’m everywhere,” she “falsifies history” by seamlessly inserting herself as Celine Liu into old photographs of celebrities, traveling in and out of major historical scenes, or chatting and laughing with them in private.

In ” Appme, ” she creates a series of hybrid self-portraits of Celine Liu by using a selfie app to place herself in a template of portraits, depicting people from various decades and identities of the 20th century. Meanwhile, she adds her own templates to the app, handing over Celine Liu to the audience in the pool of characters where the performance of the audience merges with Celine Liu’s image.

In the “Siren” series, she travels through cities and villages looking for passersby who can lip-synch and imitate the sound of sirens with her. These people come from different corners of the world with different identities. They are not only people we rarely come into contact with in our everyday life, but also characters we cannot live without in reality.

Through her self-constructed images, Liu Silin re-examines historical narratives and cultural memories, and reflects on the obsession with cultural icons and the value of commodity culture in the mass media environment. In her artistic practice, Liu Silin investigates and reinterprets the traditional social conventions of “image worship”; conventions that are constructed and shaped precisely by the mass media environment and our digital life.

  • design : Zhen SHI, Yinhe Cheng
  • date of publication : October 2021
  • format : 26 x 13 x 3
  • tirage : Limited edition of 500 copies
  • binding : Multi-set of a booklet in 5-colour printing, a flip book, and a sound devise box, Packed in a Pantone fluorescent printed takeaway bag.
  • ISBN : 9782956407164
  • publishers : La Maison de Z
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