Using his own body as a canvas, painting himself into the background, Chinese artist Liu Bolin creates scenes that are statements about our relationship to our surroundings, and reflections on Chinese artists and their status in modern China. Article in The Atlantic magazine.

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Liu Bolin waits for the finishing touches to his camouflage, before being completely blended into the background, in front of a shelf lined with comic books, as part of a series of performances in Caracas, Venezuela, on November 2, 2013. Photo: © Reuters/Jorge Silva.

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Liu Bolin is painted by students of the Stuttgart art academy in front of a wall with different magazines in the Kunstverein (art association) in Ludwigsburg, Germany, on May 15, 2013. Photo: © Bernd Weissbrod/AFP/Getty Images.