Silin Liu

Silin Liu

China, born in 1990

Céline Liu — the Westernised form of the artist’s name — is a series that began in 2012, when the Chinese photographer became interested in those charismatic figures of femininity who are now, in her eyes, universally recognized icons. Collecting photos of her subjects from the Internet, Silin Liu, a dab hand at digital photo retouching and manipulation, appropriates them by adding a picture of herself. The photographs she doctors are very diverse in origin: commemorative or documentary, commercial or artistic, they all possess a unique context and backstory. Her intention, as well as to rub shoulders with timeless celebrities, is to constitute a new context for the images, breathing new life into them and simultaneously addressing the issue of cultural globalisation. In order to reinforce still further the already ambiguous nature of these composite images, the artist here plays fast and loose with their private, intimate character. By choosing a small format, Liu embraces the aesthetics of the family scrapbook, though the photos are framed in large mounts that accentuate their precious, almost votive quality.

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, since 2013
LAFA — Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China, 2008 – 2012


Silin Liu, Andy Warhol and Me, Soong May-ling and Me, 2012, Marilyn Monroe and Me, 2014, Frida Kahlo and Me, 2014 and Simone de Beauvoir and Me, 2013 from the series Céline Liu, 2012 – 2014
Inkjet prints
8,3 x 8,3 cm, 10 x 7 cm and 7 x 10 cm
© Silin Liu

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