Chinese photographer, sculptor, and performer Liu Bolin is nicknamed as "the invisible man" through his stunning reaches of contemporary Chinese photography by making a chameleon out of himself. Digital falsification, unallowed.
For more than ten years, Bolin's themes have been the austere politics and traditions present in Chinese culture, an activist for a free press and consumer society. Bolin makes self-portraits, in which he would disappear from the landscape by blending in the environment he is in. Through the help of his painter-assistants, he camouflages with eyes closed and barely noticeable silhouette. The images, while playful and vibrant, also are symbolically charged. One might even say that Bolin's disappearance is a metaphor of the Chinese individual losing himself to the collective consumerist society.
Liu Bolin: Ghost Stories at the European House of Photography, Paris. The show will run through October 29.
Images are from the press kit.