ZHANGBOLONG LIU (b.1989, Beijing, China)
Graduated from Materials Science and Engineering Department at Tsinghua University , Beijing (B.E.), and Photography, Video and Related Media at School of Visual Arts, New York (M.F.A) in 2015. He has won Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Photography (Baton Rouge, 2014) and Shiseido Prize (Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, 2014). His recent shows include The Absence and Presence of A Cat at International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York (2015), Echigo-Tsumari Art Field Art Triennale 2015 at Tokamachi, Japan (2015), The 2nd “CAFAM Future” Exhibition – the Reality Representation of Chinese Young Art at The Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing (2015); The 10th Lianzhou International Foto Festival at Lianzhou Foto Fruit Barn, Lianzhou (2014); Reminiscence of the Land at 798 Photo Gallery, Beijing (2014) and TOP20 China New Photographers at China Academy of Art Museum, Hangzhou (2013).
In his Traces series, started in 2012, Zhangbolong Liu attempts to document objects that have already disappeared completely from view, or, rather, his subject matter is to capture the “existence of non-existent things.” Within Liu’s photographs, time is seen to be the manipulating force over the traces left behind by removed objects. Through empty slideshow, missing objects in a museum showcase, leftover pinholes on isolated wallpaper and wrinkled bed sheets that have not yet been flattened out, the so-called “non-existent objects” are able to declare their existence after all.
Artist’s Website: http://www.zhangbolong.com