Liu Bolin, a Chinese ‘Banksy’ version artist in terms of controversy and creativity, has released a set of incredible art pieces. Bolin’s art reveal his thoughts on consumerism, mass culture and even the Chinese government by creating and wearing suits that allow him to blend seamlessly into the background of his images. “By making myself invisible, I try to explore and question the contradictory and often inter-canceling relationship between our civilization and its development.”
In 2013, Bolin began to include other people in his images. He took a picture in a village in rural China whose residents had been deeply impacted by a nearby chemical plant. “Every night, the chemical plant emitted noxious gas. The local crops became inedible. The local groundwater became seriously polluted. Natural mortality rate doubled.” He pays tribute to some of the survivors. Hiding in the City — Cancer Village, by Liu Bolin, 2013.
Here are some unpublished pieces from his series “Hiding in the City.” You can watch him discussing his art on Ted Talks here.