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Closing In
2009

Closing In

Wayne Liu

THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY (China, 2009)

Wayne Liu, who grew up in Taiwan and the USA, has been surrounded by English and Mandarin Chinese his whole life, but never entirely mastered either of the two languages. Therefore he feels himself a voyeur in both environments, always searching for clues. Although he never lived there, China has defined his life. People of his generation, he says, grew up with the knowledge that China would develop massively. That led to tense expectations and feelings of uncertainty. In THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY Liu does battle with his 'unfinished memories'. He records the constantly changing Chinese landscape, the empty corridors and hollow rhetoric, the flattened buildings and shopping centres under construction. The result is a dystopian sketchbook, the harbinger of a still uncertain future.

  • THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY (China, 2009)

    Wayne Liu, who grew up in Taiwan and the USA, has been surrounded by English and Mandarin Chinese his whole life, but never entirely mastered either of the two languages. Therefore he feels himself a voyeur in both environments, always searching for clues. Although he never lived there, China has defined his life. People of his generation, he says, grew up with the knowledge that China would develop massively. That led to tense expectations and feelings of uncertainty. In THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY Liu does battle with his 'unfinished memories'. He records the constantly changing Chinese landscape, the empty corridors and hollow rhetoric, the flattened buildings and shopping centres under construction. The result is a dystopian sketchbook, the harbinger of a still uncertain future.

  • THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY (China, 2009)

  • THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY (China, 2009)

  • THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY (China, 2009)

  • THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY (China, 2009)

CHINA GOES
2008

CHINA GOES

Wayne Liu

Biography

The Past is a Foreign Country (2009)

Wayne Liu, who grew up in Taiwan and the USA, has been surrounded by English and Mandarin Chinese his whole life, but never entirely mastered either of the two languages. Therefore he feels himself a voyeur in both environments, always searching for clues. Although he never lived there, China has defined his life. People of his generation, he says, grew up with the knowledge that China would develop massively. That led to tense expectations and feelings of uncertainty. In The Past is a Foreign Country  Liu does battle with his 'unfinished memories'. He records the constantly changing Chinese landscape, the empty corridors and hollow rhetoric, the flattened buildings and shopping centres under construction. The result is a dystopian sketchbook, the harbinger of a still uncertain future.

Wayne Liu (b. Taiwan, 1979) is largely self-taught. He learned his trade in a squatter community in New York, and later did internships at the International Centre for Photography and Magnum. In the summer of 2008 he contributed to the Noorderlicht exhibition China Goes. Liu prefers to shoot on cheap film and prints on whatever paper is at hand. 'The perfect print,' he says, 'is not my thing.' He lives in New York.

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Human Conditions

Human Conditions

Price EUR 15,00