Céline Liu | I'M EVERYWHERE (pres. by MO-Industries, now Migrant Bird Space)
Rewriting history in her own image, award-winning conceptual artist Silin Liu (a.k.a. Céline Liu) ponders the role of photography in the era of cultural globalisation, the irrational worship of icons and our understanding of images as vehicles of historical storytelling.
Silin Liu assumes the identity of her alter ego Céline Liu to travel through time and space: Partying with Diana Spencer, conversing with Simone de Beauvoir, protesting alongside Martin Luther King — iconic personalities and moments in history are cast in a new light by the ever-present persona of the artist. Each image is the result of a meticulous week-long digital work-process that places charismatic Céline into the familiar settings of our cultural memory. Rewriting history in her own image, Silin ponders the role of photography in the era of cultural globalisation, the irrational worship of icons and our understanding of images as vehicles of historical storytelling.
The film “Lucy” conveys the following truth: once a person’s intelligence develops beyond 100%, the body, which serves as the intelligence-bearing vehicle, will turn to ashes. The descriptive capacity of “I am everywhere” surmounts temporal and geographic constraints, and at this point, a person transforms into a “god”. When material media can no longer bear the energy of information, the form of the medium will similarly dissipate. In this way, the image is chock full of “everywhere”—it has immense energy, but is also hugely false; it is the end but also the origin. Every time we take a photograph and share it, it is like a ritual or ceremony. We are lost in this irrational worship, meanwhile emitting an entirely new version of ourselves, or, say we are releasing our pent-up selves; such a process expels the fear and helplessness of the environment, and the original but disordered environment maybe also gives us the freedom and opportunity to reselect our fate. [Silin Liu]
Silin Liu | 刘思麟 a.k.a. Céline Liu, born in Shenyang in 1990, lives and works in Beijing. She habitually crosses the boundaries of photography and digital art, while also exploring installation and performance. Her solo-project ”I’m Everywhere" was awarded the Discovery Award at “Jimei x Arles International Photography Season 2016” and on show at “Rencontres d’Arles” in 2017. In 2015, she was part of the pivotal exhibition-series “reGeneration3” at Musée de l‘Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland.