Liu Silin – The time travelling photographer

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Glory bound: King and his wife, Coretta, lead the marchers on Jefferson Davis Highway en route to Montgomery, Alabama. 1965

The curious case of Liu Silin – A photographer who effortlessly hops through time

If you could have any super power in the world, what would it be?

For Chinese photographer Liu Silin the answer is clear. Time Travel.

Liu was born in 1990 and graduated from the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University. It was in 2002 that Liu started the now well known series ‘Im everywhere’ in which she places herself next to prominent historical figures and iconic moments in history.

‘We are lost in this irrational worship’

Liu’s work aims to raise concerns about the irrational worship of celebrities in relation to the function of photographic images in the present day. ‘We are lost in this irrational worship, meanwhile emitting an entirely new version of ourselves, or, say we are releasing our pent-up selves; such a process expels the fear and helplessness of the environment, and the original but disordered environment maybe also gives us the freedom and opportunity to reselect our fate’ says Liu in her personal statement.

I’m unsure Liu could imagine how much photography would change since she started ‘Im everywhere’ and how exponentially relevant it would become.

Liu can be seen taking a ride with the Kennedys, posing with Marilyn Monroe, and painting with Picasso to name a few.

It isn’t unusual for her to spend weeks on one image, diligently searching for the right moment in time to travel to. In fact, it’s actually not Silin in the photos but rather her alter ego ‘Céline’ that’s placed into each setting.

Liu may be highly proficient in using photoshop, but we prefer to imagine she has access to a time machine… Thats possible, right?

‘Im everywhere’ won the Jimei x Arles Discovery Award in 2016 and was exhibited at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2017

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Jonny Gleason

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