Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 28 Autumn 2011 Contents Twenty-fi ve-year-o ld len sma n Liu Di beat 80 other yo u ng internation al talen ts
to win the 2010 Lacoste Elysée Prize (elysee.ch). Meg Maggio, of Beijing-based
Pekin Fine Arts, explains why Liu’s darkly humorous images are proving a big hit.
Why did Liu Di win? His work stood out as a strong independent voice. He
combines the best of traditional urban architecture and landscape photography
with digitally m ont aged an imal im ag es. Liu’s imag es are t echnically near ly
flawless and co nvey a st ron g social com ment ar y.
What’s with the deer, the rhino and the rabbit? Each animal is painstakingly
distorted, stretched and pulled to unnatural proportions – each with a very small
head. The artist has done a fine job of rendering the eternal conflict between
natural law and man-made endeavours. His implicit critique of public housing
estates and the unnatural and inhuman living conditions of people at the bottom
of the social/econo mic ladder is rend ered in these beautiful visu al m et aphor s.
How did you spot him? He is the student of artist Wang Chuan, vice director of
the School of Design at CAFA, Beijing. Wang Chuan recommended Liu Di to
me and I really loved the work he was doing.
Is the photography genre growing in China? It is already ver y mat ur e,
internationally established and present in many international ar t events.
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