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Exhibition Info

Liu Xia photograph, 1996-99. Copyright © by Liu Xia.

Liu Xia photograph, 1996-99. Copyright © by Liu Xia.


“The Silent Strength of Liu Xia” is a traveling exhibition of 26 b&w images made between 1996 and 1999 by this dissident Chinese artist, photographer, and poet, while her husband Liu Xiaobo was serving a sentence in a forced-labor camp.

The negatives were made with an old Russian 2-1/4 twin-lens reflex camera; most of them were exposed in her Beijing apartment. Their nominal subjects are still-life arrangements of an assortment of  what she calls “ugly kids” dolls that a friend brought her years ago from Brazil.

Produced secretly in Beijing, the dramatically oversized prints in this exhibition were extracted from the PRC one at a time in a process supervised by the intrepid journalist and social commentator Guy Sorman, author of the scathing critique The Empire of Lies: The Truth about China in the Twenty-First Century (French edition 2008, English edition 2010) and numerous other texts about China.


  • Number of works: 26 3′ x 3′ gelatin-silver prints, flush-mounted on aluminum
  • Space requirements: 100 linear feet
  • Venues are responsible for one-way shipping and insurance.
  • License for the pre-designed catalogue by Daniel Cohen Graphic Design available at a modest fee.
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