This presentation includes three of the artist’s parallel “writing” projects, which portrays Chinese political and cultural reality with a historical perspective. “A Year” consists of 15 realist poems on China’s changing political and social conditions in 2015, which Liu wrote and illustrated with graphics, printed on silk banners. “A Day” has six groups of paper collages. Each interweaves images and literary references across a wide historical span, corresponding to years of both personal and public significance. The last “writing” project “Saying Goodbye” is an acrylic painting of a tree in night light, rolled out on a yoga matt on the floor.
Liu Ding is a Beijing-based artist and curator. His artistic and curatorial practice focuses on multiple viewpoints and modes of description, exploring a trajectory of discursive thoughts that connect the historical and the contemporary. His work seeks to broaden possibilities for a more manifold understanding in relation to the historical narrative of subjectivity within Chinese art. He has participated in international biennials such as: Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2015); Asia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane(2015); Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2014); Prospect 3 New Orleans, New Orleans (2014); Taipei Biennial, Taipei (2012); Chinese Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennial, Venice (2009); Media City Seoul, Seoul (2008); and Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou (2005). His work has been shown at numerous major art institutions including: 4A, Sydney (2017); Para Site, Hong Kong (2016); Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern (2016); Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2012/2016); Red Brick Museum, Beijing (2016); Guandu Museum of Art, Taipei (2016); Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima (2015); MOMA PS1, New York (2015); Tate Modern, London (2012/2013); Times Museum, Guangzhou (2011/2012); Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (2012); ZKM, Karlsruhe (2011); Turner Contemporary, Kent, Arnolfini, Bristol (2008); São Paulo Museum of Art, São Paulo (2008); PasquArt, Biel (2008); Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2008); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2007); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2007); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2006); Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2006); Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco (2006); and Museum of ContemporaryArt Shanghai, Shanghai (2006). He co-curated Little Movements: Self-Practice in Contemporary Art at OCAT, Shenzhen (2011), which travelled to Museion in Bolzano, Italy (2013) and Asia Cultural Complex, Gwangju (2015). Other curatorial projects include: Fine Art Practices from 1972 to 1982 in Profile -ABeijingPerspective, Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing (2017); New Measurement Group and Qian Weikang, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen (2015); From the Issue of Art to the Issue of Position: Echoes of Socialist Realism, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen (2014); and We Have Never Participated, Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, Shenzhen (2012).