Liu Wei: On ‘It Looks Like a Landscape’
In this video, Liu Wei tells the story behind his 2004 work, It Looks Like A Landscape. After the 2004 Shanghai Biennale panel rejected several of his proposals, Liu Wei submitted this photograph featuring buttocks and body hair, which, to his surprise, was accepted.
He went outside his usual preferred mediums of installation, painting, and video to create this seemingly classical landscape that mocks arbitrary institutional standards. Its monumental size and horizontal composition is a contrast to the traditional handscroll in the literati context, where viewing is an intimate and personal act.
Liu Wei’s artistic practice is primarily concerned with the changing cityscape and contemporary issues stemming from globalisation.
Part of the series “Inside the M+ Sigg Collection”
Inside the M+ Sigg Collection introduces you to the M+ Sigg Collection, recognised as the world’s most comprehensive and important collection of Chinese contemporary art.