Liu Ding, ‘Figures Taken out of Context’, 2013, Antenna Space
Liu Ding, ‘Figures Taken out of Context’, 2013, Antenna Space
Liu Ding, ‘Figures Taken out of Context’, 2013, Antenna Space
Liu Ding, ‘Figures Taken out of Context’, 2013, Antenna Space
Liu Ding, ‘Figures Taken out of Context’, 2013, Antenna Space
Liu Ding, ‘Figures Taken out of Context’, 2013, Antenna Space
Liu Ding, ‘Figures Taken out of Context’, 2013, Antenna Space
Liu Ding, ‘Figures Taken out of Context’, 2013, Antenna Space
Liu Ding, ‘Figures Taken out of Context’, 2013, Antenna Space
Liu Ding, ‘Figures Taken out of Context’, 2013, Antenna Space
Liu Ding, ‘Figures Taken out of Context’, 2013, Antenna Space
Liu Ding, ‘Figures Taken out of Context’, 2013, Antenna Space

Figures Taken out of Context consists of ten individually spoken collage paperworks all bearing the figures of common people and soldiers during wartime. By separating them from the existing contexts with scissors and transplanting them onto black paperboard before adding pedestals, the artist attempts to endow the figures with impression of sculpture. One can only tell roughly the time they live in and their identities from the way they dress. As a consequence of the absence of context, however, viewers are unable to make better decision of a string of coordinates including the year they exist, the way they behave, the role they play and the mission they undertake. Figures Taken out of Context is a set of artworks that questions our need of legitimate details in the discussion of history and reality with expectation of its intactness.

Image rights: Courtesy of LIU Ding and Antenna Space

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