The Silent Strength of Liu Xia

When 9 Feb 2012 - 1 Mar 2012
Where The Italian Academy, Columbia University
1161 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY
United States

February 9 – March 1 2012

Opening Reception: February 9, 6-8pm

Press Release:

Columbia University’s Alliance Program and the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, in cooperation with the town of Boulogne-Billancourt in France, are pleased to present the only U.S. exhibition of The Silent Strength of Liu Xia, a collection of twenty-five photographs by Beijing artist Liu Xia. Curated by author and professor, Guy Sorman, the exhibition features photographs of life-like dolls in a series of sets devised by the artist. The dolls, called “ugly babies” by Liu, are positioned between large stacks of books, wrapped in plastic, and lying on planks against a bright sky, among other tableaux. The exhibition’s first public showing was in Boulogne-Billancourt, France in autumn 2011. Following its engagement at Columbia, the work will travel to Madrid.

Born in 1959 in Beijing, Liu Xia is a poet, painter and photographer, and the wife of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo. She has been a noteworthy figure on the contemporary Chinese art scene for more than three decades. Her work in various media focuses on freedom of expression rooted in traditional values and styles.

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