I almost fell off my seat when I saw these images!
Di Liu, a 25 year old photographer from Shanghai, China, just won the 2010 Lacoste Elysée prize, announced at this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach. His work, called Animal Regulation, examines the relationship between animals and the city. These somber images beg the question, “How does nature fit into the new China?” and answers, “We cannot IGNORE it any longer!”
Lacoste, the French clothing company initiated this competition for photographers to capture the codes of the famous Lacoste L.12.12 polo shirt and win a scholarship.
Liu addresses the alarming rate of urban development in China through his work. For his entry in the competition he chose a series of three images: a rhinoceros, a rabbit and a deer. Liu said:
… 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 is represented by Pekin Fine Arts.
* Images courtesy of Lacoste.