My other lives, #7

My other lives, #7
from the My other lives series 2000

Artist/s name
LIU Xiao Xian

type C photograph
102.0 x 145.2 cm irreg. (image) 119.0 x 164.1 cm (sheet)
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds arranged by Loti Smorgon for Contemporary Australian Photography, 2002
© LIU Xiao Xian
Gallery Location
Not on display

The inspiration for the series My other lives was taken from Mao Zedong’s aphorism ‘history is created by humans’. Using the nineteenth century technique of stereographs (twinned images that appear three-dimensional when placed in a special viewer), the artist playfully, but pointedly, constructs an alternative Australian history in which Chinese people dominate. He does this by digitally inserting his own face into one half of the twinned photographic image. Through this method Liu manifests his ‘other lives’ as in turn, an elegantly dressed Edwardian lady (as in the image shown here); a small boy; a man riding a penny farthing and a Masonic Lodge member.