Liu Wa is participating at Busan Biennale 2020. Open to the public from 5th of September until 8th of November, 2020.
LIU Wa works with drawings, paintings and video, and for the last few years, she has turned her drawings into a virtual reality work. Devil’s Ivy (2020) is a video essay that examines the distorted lines between reality and fiction, truth and fake news, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It sends the viewer on a surreal trip to the city of Wuhan under its lockdown, onto the virus infected cruise ship The Diamond Princess, and the mass grave on Hart Island in the north eastern side of New York City. As the invisible virus morphs into bizarre symbolic elements, it exposes issues embedded in society from long before the contagion, such as public surveillance and social distrust. Devil’s Ivy is a response to the bias, contradictory narratives, and conspiracy theories that floated through internet during the spring of 2020.