Sidian Liu is an image-based artist, translator, knitter, and home builder. She utilizes images, performance, installations, socially-engaged methods, and personal narratives to explore possibilities of nesting and loving beyond boundaries. Informed by relational aesthetics, her works are often driven by personal narratives, but take a participatory approach, using traces to facilitate intimacy from a distance while respecting personal boundaries.

Sidian Liu was born in 1997 in Foshan, China. She obtained her BA in English at Shanghai International Studies University in 2019, and her MFA in Photography at Parsons, The New School in 2023.

Sidian is the recipient of 2024 Denis Roussel Fellowship (the Center of Fine Art Photography, CO, US, 2023), the Snider Prize (MoCP, US, 2023), Top 10 of 9th Annual Photography Rankings in China (Photography Museum of Lishui, China, 2022), “Kunpeng Award'' of China Young Photographer Promotion Plan (the 21st Pingyao International Photography Festival, China, 2021), the top prize of First Female Photographer Competition by Miroir Project (China, 2021), and the top prize of Banshan Photography Award (Japan, 2020), etc. Her works have been shown in Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Lishui, Pingyao, and New York City.  

Her translation works have been published on LEAP. She has also translated for Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, International Award for Art Criticism, and various art institutions, including Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Wu Space, and Aranya Art Center, etc.

思典获得的奖项包括:芝加哥当代摄影博物馆2023年Snider Prize,第九届中国摄影年度排行榜,首届中国青年摄影推广计划“鲲鹏奖”,照镜子首届女性摄影师大赛、2020半山摄影奖大奖等。她的作品已于东京、纽约、北京、上海、武汉、丽水、平遥等多地展出。


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