Liu Yefu

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Liu Yefu (b. 1986, Beijing) focuses on video and mixed material creations. Influenced by Chinese folk culture, Liu is interested in the expression of black humor with a stream of consciousness style, playfully comments on the chaos and restlessness of social realities. By shooting daily life scenes, combined with carefully selected ready-made products in line with his fictional plot, Liu mapping the ideology and stereotypes brought by history, nationality, and memory.

Liu’s solos include John Lenin, Arting Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland (2023); Fool’s Paradise, Magician Space, Beijing (2022); Hehemeimei, Art Basel Statements Sector, Basel (2021); No Easy Symbolism, and Episode 1 were shown at Magician Space, Beijing (2018, 2016).

His works also have been exhibited at  Body and Language as Manifesto, Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, CN (2024); BIENALSUR 2023, online (2024); Economy of Means: The 25th Gabrovo Biennial of Humor & Satire in Art, Museum of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo (2022); Tangle of Revolution and Political Soul, Shanghai Space & Gallery Association, Shanghai (2021); Performing Society: The Violence of Gender, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2019); Guangzhou Airport Biennale, Guangzhou (2019); Shards from the Mirror of History, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago (2019); Frontier: Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics, OCAT Institute, Beijing (2018); The Ecstasy of Time: Reframing the Medium of Knowing, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen (2017); The New Normal: Art and China in 2017, Ullens Center of Contemporary Art, Beijing (2017); VIDEOBOX, Le Carreau du Temple, Paris (2017); Digitale Körper in der Screen-Landschaft III – Projekte von Liu Yefu, Goethe-Institut China, Beijing (2017); OverPop, Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2016); No Dice (I), Kimberly-Klark, NY (2015), etc.

Liu got BA from Capital Normal University in Beijing (2009) and MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (2014).

York News, 2014, Double channels HD video projection, 3D-printing, color, sound, 10’40”

AD, Proposal IV, 2017, single channel HD video, B&W, sound, 1’36”

How Many Horses, 2018, single channel HD video, B&W, sound, 14’39”

Damascus 3 days 2 nights only for ¥3500, 2018, pottery clay, oil, resin, approx. 10 x 10 x 1cm

Er wird dich verwerfen als wärst du ein Stück Kartoffeln, das die Hände verbrennt verbrennt, 2018, Pottery clay, oil, resin, stainless-steel fork, potato, approx. 15 x 15 x 20cm

3013: A Space Lover, 2013, Multi-channel HD video installation, dimension variable, 7’21”

Episode 1, exhibition view