di liu: animal regulation series
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dec 08, 2010
di liu: animal regulation series


di liu
animal regulation no. 6, 2010
C-print, 80 x 60 cm
edition of 10
all images © di liu / pekin fine arts

 

25 year old chinese photographer, di liu has been awarded the 2010 lacoste elysée prize.
twelve nominees were selected and given carte blanche to capture and adapt photographically,
the codes of the famous lacoste polo shirt, L. 12.12. each of the selected artists were given a scholarship of CHF 3,000
and had three months to undertake and develop three photographs.
liu’s achievement was announced at this year’s art basel miami beach.

 


di liu
animal regulation no. 8, 2010
C-print, 80 x 60 cm
edition of 10

 

liu, represented by pekin fine arts, is known for his work which deals with conflicting relationships between
nature and human society, generated by the rate of chinese urban development. for his series of three images,
he chose to depict three different animals: a rhinoceros, a rabbit and a deer, each piece entitled ‘animal regulation no. 6′,
‘animal regulation no. 8′, and ‘animal regulation no. 7′ respectively. in liu’s imagery, these animals become an
overwhelming part of daily life in the city.

 


di liu
animal regulation no. 7, 2010
C-print, 80 x 60 cm
edition of 10

 

as consumer merchandise, the L. 12. 12 polo shirt is the exact opposite of nature. however,
by choosing an animal as its symbol, lacoste reflects its spirit. thus, lacoste imports an element of nature
into people’s daily lives. I do the same in my work and have therefore chosen to let the L. 12. 12 become
an integral part of it. if you look very closely, you will notice three polo shirts, one inside each image
.’ – di liu

 


di liu
animal regulation no. 2, 2010
C-print, 80 x 60 cm
edition of 10

 

it was on the occasion of the ‘regeneration2 – tomorrow’s photographers today’ exhibition at the musée de l’elysée
in lausanne, switzerland, that lacoste inaugurated the prize, in partnership with the museum,
dedicated to young photographers. from the show’s eighty photographers, twelve were chosen to participate in the prize.

 


di liu
animal regulation no. 5, 2010
C-print, 80 x 60 cm
edition of 10

 

the nominees were:
benjamin beker (serbia); camila rodrigo graña (peru); di liu (china); florian joye (switzerland);
geoffrey h. short (new zealand); jen davis (united states); kalle kataila (finland); kristoffer axén (sweden);
liu xiaofang (china); richard mosse (ireland); tereza vlcková (czech republic); ueli alder (switzerland)

the jury consisted of:
felipe oliveira baptista (creative director, lacoste); christophe pillet (design director, lacoste);
michel mallard (director, festival international de mode et photographie à hyères);
agnès sire (director, fondation henri cartier-bresson); tom watt (art director, art review);
sam stourdzé (director, musée de l’elysée); carla sozzani (founder and director, galleria carla sozzani)


di liu
animal regulation no. 4, 2010
C-print, 80 x 60 cm
edition of 10

 

the work of the twelve nominees is currently being shown in a lacoste elysée prize exhibition at galleria carla sozzani in milan until january 9th, 2011.

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