Liu Chuang

b. 1978

Liu Chuang (刘窗) born in Hubei, China, 1978; Lives and works in Beijing, China



Love Story
Freeman Alley

Liu Chuang


Liu Chuang lives and works in Shanghai. Known for engaging with socioeconomic matters related to China’s immediate realities, Liu Chuang creates works that integrate readymades and social interventions across various mediums, from video to installation, architecture, and performance. He reflects on personal experiences of globalization and sociopolitical systems underlying the everyday.

His latest work was filmed across the Tibetan Plateau, the Hsinchu Science Park in Taiwan and the CERN (European Center for Nuclear Research) was premiered at the 2020 Taipei Biennial. The multi channel video installation is titled Lithium Lake and the Lonely Island of Polyphony and focuses on the industrial production of lithium ore, a key element in a carbon-free society. As the core component of power supplies and battery storage, lithium is in increasingly high demand, refined from deposits in such places as the Salar de Uyuni in the Andes Mountains and Lake Zabuye on the Tibetan Plateau, with a production chain that stretches from Chile to the highlands of China...

Solo exhibitions include: Antenna Space co Qiao Space (2019); Mother’s Tankstation, London (2018); Magician Space, Beijing (2015); K11 Wuhan, Wuhan (2015); Taikang Art Space, Beijing (2014); Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger (2014); Salon 94 Freemans, New York (2014); Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai (2012). Major group exhibitions include: Cosmopolis #2, Centre Pompidou, Paris(2019); 5th Ural Industrial Biennial Of Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg, Russia(2019); Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence, Centre Pompidou & Mao Jihong Arts Foundation, Chengdu, China(2018); Long March Project:Building Code Violations 3 - Special Economic Zone, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China(2018); Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2016); Para Site, Hong Kong (2016); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2016); 10th Shanghai Biennale curated by Anselm Franke, Shanghai (2014); 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2014); Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa (2014); Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2013); UCCA, Beijing (2013); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2012); Minsheng Museum, Shanghai (2011); China Power Station, Pinacoteca Agnelli, Turin (2010); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2009); and Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2007).



Liu Chuang: Bitcoin Mining and Field Recordings of Ethnic Minorities
Tom Mouna

This is Tomorrow

Cannibalised cultures and colonised territories
Mark Rappolt


Does Liu Chuang’s New Film Challenge the Colonial Gaze or Merely Reproduce It?
Simon Frank


In Focus: Liu Chuang
Paul Teasdale