Chuqiao Liu's powerful photography offers a glimpse into contemporary China
Based between Guangzhou and Glasgow, the photographer is an exciting talent who focuses on the dualities of life.
- Joey Levenson
- 27 September 2022
Born into a small rural village in southern China, and producing most of her artistic work in the bustling city of Glasgow, Chuqiao Liu is a photographer who has always been fascinated by the changes and contradictions caused by the developments of modern society. “China today is in a critical period of transformation, with rapid political and economic developments exacerbating the divide between each generation,” Chuqiao tells It’s Nice That. “The rebellious and depressed new generation, the confused and depraved middle-aged, and the elder ones who have come from the war and been left behind by the times.”
She cites her “agrarian” patriarchal childhood as making her an “uncompromising feminist”, leading her to cover a lot of issues surrounding gender and equality in her photography. “Artists all have their humanistic concerns, but I hope that my work does not lead the viewer directly,” she says. “But rather, I hope it awakens their thoughts about life by stimulating them to think.” It certainly does, as Chuqiao’s work gives a powerful glimpse into today’s youth of China, allowing us to “feel the wave of thought and power brought by different cultures".
Chuqiao Liu: Miss (Copyright © Chuqiao Liu, 2022)
About the Author
Joey is a freelance design, arts and culture writer based in London. He was part of the It’s Nice That team as editorial assistant in 2021, after graduating from King’s College, London. Previously, Joey worked as a writer for numerous fashion and art publications, such as HERO Magazine, Dazed, and Candy Transversal.