French scholar Guy Sorman talks about Liu Xia photography exhibition he curated after he spirited her photographs out of China, where her creative works have been banned.
The exhibit was held in the United States from February to April 2012 at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University – the only exhibition of Liu Xia’s photographic work in the United States. The Silent Strength of Liu Xia is a collection of 25 black and white photographs she produced in the late 1990s.
Chinese authorities have deprived Liu Xia’s basic human rights since 2010, including her right to move around and speak freely to the outside world. Her husband, writer and activist Dr Liu Xiaobo, became the first Chinese citizen to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, given to him for his struggle for fundamental human rights. In 2009 he was arrested on suspicion of ‘inciting subversion’ and sentenced to 11 years in prison, and Liu Xia is repeatedly denied contact with him. Liu Xia has been living under illegal house arrest in Beijing since 2010, as effective punishment for her husband’s activism.