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Liu Xia Exhibition — Update 4

University of Richmond logo“The Silent Strength of Liu Xia,” the touring exhibition of 26 photos by the dissident Chinese photographer, artist, and poet, will resume its tour in late February, when it will open at the Lora Robins Gallery of the  University of Richmond Museums in Richmond, VA. Details forthcoming shortly.

Corollary programming will include a lecture by exhibition co-curator A. D. Coleman, and a symposium. The museum will publish a catalogue to accompany the exhibition.

Meanwhile, a new video of Liu Xia has begun to circulate on the internet, posted at YouTube and elsewhere. A self-described “group of netizens,” all mainland Chinese, conducted what they term a “flash mob action,” bypassing the guard posted at her Beijing apartment building to keep them out, in order to spend a few minutes with her in her apartment on December 28, 2012. The occasion was the birthday of her imprisoned husband, Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize awardee. Prints of the images in her touring show can be seen on the walls of her apartment.

Click here to view the video on YouTube, or watch it below (if it doesn’t appear, refresh your screen):

Here is an English translation of a brief description of the event in the words of one of the visitors, and below that the original Chinese version.

Director: Hu Jia
Year: 2012

December 28, 2012 is the birthday of the Chinese Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who is still in prison now. Several netizens, Hu Jia, Hao Jian, Liu Di, Xu Youyu and etc, who are friends of Liu Xiaobo came to visit his wife Liu Xia at around 9pm. Liu Xia has been under house detention since Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to imprisonment in 2008. The action is to express their wish for her freedom.

The group of activists firstly attracted Liu Xia’s attention outside her apartment beneath her window. They discussed how to get around the security guards through the side door. Liu Xia welcomed them with hugs and tears.

The meeting was brief, just three minutes as they wanted to avoid conflict with the security guards whose backup team would rush in soon. Some friends kept talking with Liu Xia through the windows and Liu Xia threw out some chocolates to them to express her thanks. Some were arguing with the security guards, explaining that they were just Liu Xia’s friends to celebrate Liu Xiaobo’s birthday with Liu Xia.

Eventually, all the friends managed to return home safely. We hope that this is a good beginning and best wish for Liu Xia in the new year.

Xu Youyu.

導演: 胡佳
年: 2012



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