Liu Bolin, one of China’s most prominent contemporary artists, also known as “The Invisible Man” and “The Human Chameleon” is joining the United Nations Global Goals Campaign 2015 with his new art project entitled The Future. Liu Bolin is famous for his politically charged and socially engaged art expressions, often enacted through his own body as the medium. Just like in many of his previous works the Chinese artist will silently blend into the background, highlighting some of the biggest social and environmental issues of our time and raising consciousness about poverty, unbalanced development, and global climate change.
Liu Bolin – The Future
What does The Future bring? Just like in many of his previous works the Chinese artist will paint himself into the surroundings, combining performance with photography and addressing the obvious but often marginalized social concerns. For this particular occasion, Beijing-based Liu Bolin will fade into the backdrop of 193 country flags of United Nations members, accentuating the importance of the campaign. Although the title of the work is The Future the artist is more concerned about the present and the way we can be woken from our idleness and more conscious about the critical problems in our society. By acting now, things can be made better for the future generation, or as the Chinese artist states “Art cannot change the future, of course, but it can touch the present. I hope that through this work, more and more people will become aware of how serious the issues we face are, and start making an effort to change the world”.
United Nations Global Goals Campaign
The Global Goals campaign is the sequence to the Millennium Development Goals endorsed in 2000 during the UN Millennium summit. Just like in the past, UN representatives will commit to 17 new goals on 25th September 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, aiming to solve some of the pressing global issues in the next fifteen years. The Global Goals 2015 build on the past targets, focusing primarily on the problems of extreme poverty, social injustice and inequality, climate change and environmental concerns. The Global Goals Campaign in partnership with Global Citizen is to be the biggest campaign to date gathering a great number of professionals, non-government organizations, media agencies, artists, celebrities and activists.
Invisible Man from China for the UN Goals
The founder of the Global Goals campaign Richard Curtis is more than thrilled by the collaboration with the artist from Beijing, China. He sees the artistic engagement of Liu Bolin as a “powerful statement of Global Goals ambition”, and we can agree that the artistic engagements like this one are always effective and powerful way of reaching people all over the Globe, confronting them with the serious social issues and initiating change for the better.
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Liu Bolin creates a special artwork ‘The Future’ to raise awareness of the UN’s Global Goals to end extreme poverty and fight inequality, injustice and climate change/Getty Images