”The Silent Strength of Liu Xia” an exhibit of photographs by Liu Xia, wife of imprisoned 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo will be presented at Columbia University starting Feb. 9, 2012. [ AP Photo /Columbia University]
Liu Xia is a forbidden artist whose work is censored in her native China. The photographer, who is under house arrest, uses life-like dolls as metaphors for the pain and suffering of the Chinese people.
“In Untitled (1976), a contact sheet of eleven photographs, Woodman physically articulates the experience of transition… Divided, her identity a blur, she is counterpoised between the past and the future. Standing before her photographs, suspended in a young adult purgatory I thought I would never leave, I felt the same way: illegible, pulled in two.”