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An Old Farmer in his Coffin, Longxian Shaanxi Province

Date:

2000

Artist:

Liu Zheng
Chinese, born 1969

About this artwork

In 1994, photojournalist Liu Zheng began making portraits of supposedly deviant or marginal individuals around China; increasingly captivated by the undertaking, he left his job in 1997 with the ambition to create a grand account of what, in Chinese, the photographer calls My Countrymen (Guoren). Attentive to what he calls “the helpless absurdities of human existence,” Zheng considers that someone living may be dead on the inside, while a corpse can continue to inflict pain on its observers, for example through a photograph. In all cases he believes the image is “simultaneously real and surreal, both here and not here.”

On View

Photography, Gallery 189 (Corridor)

Artist

Liu Zheng

Title

An Old Farmer in his Coffin, Longxian Shaanxi Province

Origin

China

Date

Made 2000

Medium

Gelatin silver print, from the series "My Countrymen (Guoren)," edition 2/10

Dimensions

46 × 46 cm (18 × 18 in., image/paper, sight/appro×.); 60.4 × 60.4 × 3.7 cm (25 × 25 × 1 1/2 in., frame)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary Frances Budig and John Hass

Reference Number

2019.1518

Extended information about this artwork

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