Let’s restart the year with an artist the world is totally going crazy for: Liu Bolin. Liu Bolin is a Chinese artist known for his photographic self-portraits in which it is difficult to distinguish the artist from the background. Before taking the photo, Liu Bolin work on a makeup to blend perfectly with the surrounding environment, after studying closely the lines and lights.
Liu Bolin began working on the concept of mimicry and transparency in Beijing in 2005, after the decision of the Chinese government of demolition of Suo Jia Cun district, an area that was home to the largest community of artists in Asia. In protest against the lack of consideration of the government towards the artists and their contribution to the Chinese company, Liu Bolin has been photographed in various areas of Beijing after getting to be practically invisible.
After Beijing, Liu Bolin created several series based on the same principle, but set in Venice and New York. In collaboration with the magazine Harper’s Bazaar, he then, met the designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Erber Albaz (Lanvin), Angela Missoni, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli (Valentino), and he has rigged as it usually does for himself in the background of some clothes that they had created for their collections.