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The exhibition is dedicated to the work of chinese photographer Liu Xia.
There are about 50 objects presented here, comprising also some of her poems. The artist was very active in the art scene in Beijing during the 1980-1990s when China was undergoing through a relatively liberal period and started to open up to the world.
Liu Xia photographed exclusively in black and white. Her images are enigmatic. Although she views herself as an apolitical citizen of China, her work is full of allusions to the repressive situation of the Chinese people.
In order to understand Liu Xia’s work, it is important to describe the circumstances in which she lived and still lives. In 1996 she married Liu Xiaobo, long term friend since the 1980's. Liu Xiaobo is a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate but before he was one of the leaders of the student movement of 1989, He was sentenced for this action and did two-and-a-half years in prison before being again arrested in 1995 and imprisoned in what we could call a Chinese gulag.
Released in 1999 Liu Xiaobo continued to fight. He wrote the Charta 08, a liberal manifest signed by three hundred academics, artists and politicians. Due to his authorship, Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to eleven years’ imprisonment in 2009 for alleged ‘subversion of state power’. When it became known that he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, his wife Liu Xia was placed under house arrest, without any legal basis. She is only allowed to visit her husband a few times a year.
The work of Liu Xia, who has chosen a very experimental artistic path, also reflects the reality of China. But her work is banned in China.