La série de tableaux réalisée par le peintre chinois à la frontière entre le Texas et le Mexique.
« Liu Xiaodong has been painting and documenting sociological settings for more than thirty years. [...] Over the times, as he embarked upon a personal exploration of painting, he evolved closer to post-conceptual ideas, which incorporated the influences of photography and film as important references. Painting from direct observation, many times on location, the artist has created a new series of paintings from the Texas-Mexico border. For eight weeks, he embedded himself within border communities and focused on cities such as Ciudad Juárez, El Paso, Eagle Pass, Piedras Negras, Laredo, and Nuova Laredo as departure points to create his works. His paintings document individuals, locations, and contemporary societies in flux on both sides of the Rio Grande River and grow out of hundreds of drawings, photographs, and constant video documentation during his journeys. Through his works, Liu Xiaodong highlights a world where diversity and individual histories are paramount. Every painting captures a decisive moment, locking individual narratives down forever, reflecting numerous cultural references that echo throughout his practice [...]. Yet he is not content with the pure descriptive imagery, as he also refers to the larger social structures at play. [...] By mining unique personal stories and utilizing distinctive brushstrokes, coded in a rich and varied history, he creates an attraction and alienation between the work and the viewer. Drawing on this emotional charge, Liu creates the tie between the information in his paintings and his own stance in relation to them. »
et photographe Liu Xiaodong (né en 1963 à Jincheng, province du Liaoning, Chine du Nord, vit et travaille à Pékin) est considéré comme l'une des figures centrales de la « Nouvelle Génération » du Réalisme chinois
. Liu Xiaodong dépeint des gens ordinaires dans ses immenses peintures à l'huile et à l'acrylique, mettant en avant la dimension humaine de problématiques mondiales telles que les difficultés économiques, les crises environnementales et les migrations. L'artiste travaille souvent in situ
, peignant ses sujets en plein air.