I, Celine Liu
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I, Celine Liu
By Liu Silin (aka Celine Liu)
La Maison De Z
Limited edition of 500 copies
Multi-set of a booklet in 5-colour printing, a flip book, and a sound devise box,
Packed in a Pantone fluorescent printed takeaway bag
13 x 26 x 3 cm
She, Liu Silin creates through herself a character, Celine Liu, who traverses history, culture, politics, and identity, yet says that Celine Liu is in fact nobody: Celine Liu can be anyone, while anyone can be Celine Liu. In this era of image overload, Celine Liu employs herself as a medium to push the boundaries between the real and the fictional, the mundane and the ritual, the private and the public, the individual and the universal, allowing the character of Celine Liu to be circulated and fermented in the virtual world of the Internet, as well as to be “consumed.”
Thus, in “I’m everywhere,” she “falsifies history” by seamlessly inserting herself as Celine Liu into old photographs of celebrities, traveling in and out of major historical scenes, or chatting and laughing with them in private.
In ” Appme, ” she creates a series of hybrid self-portraits of Celine Liu by using a selfie app to place herself in a template of portraits, depicting people from various decades and identities of the 20th century. Meanwhile, she adds her own templates to the app, handing over Celine Liu to the audience in the pool of characters where the performance of the audience merges with Celine Liu’s image.
In the “Siren” series, she travels through cities and villages looking for passersby who can lip-synch and imitate the sound of sirens with her. These people come from different corners of the world with different identities. They are not only people we rarely come into contact with in our everyday life, but also characters we cannot live without in reality.
While many artists choose to emphasize the aspect of “art,” she, Liu Silin, instead, takes away the attention spent on “art,” trying to dissolve the “elitism” and the limits of art itself, in an effort to close the gap between art and the general public. As she said when working on the “Siren” series, “Everyone should have the right to speak up and the awareness to do so.”