Liu Shiyuan’s work probes the results of gaps in communication that arise from changing technologies as well as from transcultural exchanges. Through images in videos, collaged photography, and other mixed media work, she interrogates in-between spaces of a global existence mediated by technology where intimacy and secrecy can be scarce. Born in Beijing, Liu Shiyuan studied in New York and now lives in Copenhagen and Beijing.
Video forms a major part of Liu’s practice. These sweeping cinematic presentations incorporate awkward human interactions and stock photography. The stilted dialogues in her videos highlight our contemporary communication practices in which face-to-face interactions are often influenced by social media, screen time, and images seen on the Internet.
This exhibition marks the artist’s first solo exhibition at a museum in the United States. Liu has been featured in multiple solo presentations in China and group presentations in China, Denmark, Germany, and the U.S. She received a BFA from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in in Photography, Video, and Related Media in 2012.