‘Invasion and retreat coexist between the ocean and the land and this is the mixed, transitional property of the beach.’
Born 1981, Chengdu Sichuan. Lives and works in Beijing.
Liu Yujia graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2004, later obtaining her Master’s Degree from the London College of Communication at the University of the Arts London in 2009. She was a student in Chongqing in the early 2000s when the internet was beginning to flourish and artists were excited about the possibilities of this new medium. Later, in London, Liu Yujia embraced all the cultural events offered by the global city. She says: ‘For me, studying in London was like entering into another strange and unknown world.’ Her video work explores the nature of time, and the ambiguities of narrative. For Wave Liu scoured video archives to find aerial footage of rolling waves breaking against almost deserted shores. The shoreline mediates a boundary between the land and the raw, untamed power of the sea. Liu is interested in the idea of the beach as a zone of transition, an in-between place where anything is possible. What does it signify? The beach may be a place of hedonism, of maritime trade, a site of invasion, or the arrival point for refugees seeking asylum. It is also a reminder of the power of nature. Wave is hypnotically beautiful. Tiny figures, as if seen from the perspective of a flying seagull, cast long shadows on the sand, and we are reminded of our insignificance in the vastness of the universe.