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Liu Wei: On 'It Looks Like a Landscape'
Liu Wei: On 'It Looks Like a Landscape'

Our proposals had a kind of attitude. How should I put it? Well, they posed a sort of challenge towards the art museum. . .

Liu Wei

How a mountain landscape made out of buttocks and body hair got accepted into the Shanghai Biennale.

In this video, Liu Wei tells the story behind his 2004 work, It Looks Like A Landscape. After the 2004 Shanghai Biennale panel rejected several of his proposals, Liu Wei submitted this photograph featuring buttocks and body hair, which, to his surprise, was accepted.

He went outside his usual preferred mediums of installation, painting, and video to create this seemingly classical landscape that mocks arbitrary institutional standards. Its monumental size and horizontal composition is a contrast to the traditional handscroll in the literati context, where viewing is an intimate and personal act.

Liu Wei’s artistic practice is primarily concerned with the changing cityscape and contemporary issues stemming from globalisation.

This video was originally published on M+ Stories.

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