The Silent Strength of Liu Xia

The Silent Strength of Liu Xia

LIU Xia

Publisher: FOIL

Look, feel, then imagine
Each of you would also be aware of the pain in your chest-

Liu Xia has been working on her pieces for conveying her feelings towards her husband who is in prison, and essentially, for her own appetite to express herself, evading censorship from the government. A pair of man and woman dolls which she calls "ugly babies" that we see in her monochrome world seems as if they are representing the couple themselves under unreasonable political pressures.
Although those pictures remind you of the feelings such as "pain" or "terror", you can always feel that there is silent strength underlying in each picture. While being under house arrest, her works are prohibited to be brought outside of the country, and even to be shown in public in China. As it is almost miraculous that her pictures have been delivered here to Japan this time, we hope as many of you as possible have the opportunity to appreciate them.

― Statement from publisher

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