Xiaojie Liu

Based in Minneapolis, Xiaojie Liu is a Chinese illustrator influenced by national identity and contrasting cultures.

Recording memories and intimate moments, the images address changing states and emotions towards existing and living in an ethnic autonomous prefecture in China.

Liu notes: “My work relates to a city where I grew up. It is situated on the south bank of the Yangtze River. Most of the people there, including myself, are from one of the national minority groups. In the past, it was a unique group which included many special cultures. As I grew up, China was experiencing many major shifts. In my hometown, today, students like me need to be taught additional lessons about our costumes, festivals, sports and foods.

The many different cultures we learned about or experienced influenced us, making people like me who grew up from 1990 to 1999 different from the older generations. Based upon these unique memories from my childhood, I have created a series of images to record my memories and moments, telling all the interesting and unforgettable things and people I could remember from that time.”

The images shown here are from the I Remember, I Remember series.