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Artist Xin Liu Chosen For the Inaugural K11 Art Foundation Prize

Chinese artist and engineer Xin Liu has been chosen as the inaugural recipient of the K11 Artist Prize.

Xin Liu is a diverse artist whose works span across the mediums of sculpting, digital art, and filmmaking. She also has a background in engineering and is currently working at the Space Exploration Initiative at MIT. Xin Liu is perhaps best known for her artworks associated with space. This includes Living Distance (2019), a virtual reality video that involved her own wisdom tooth that was sent into outer space. The work was on display at the Pioneer Works in Brooklyn last year.

Speaking about Xin Liu, Alia Al-Senussi (chair at the K11 Art Foundation) said: “Xin is distinguished by an innovative, interdisciplinary practice deeply inspired by her Chinese identity and heritage. Born and raised in Xinjiang, and now based in New York, her work explores and celebrates the perspectives of different contexts and worlds, serving as an important bridge between cultures and communities.”

The K11 Art Foundation is a non-profit founded by prominent art collector Adrian Cheng. It was founded in 2010 and is based in Hong Kong. Since its inception, the foundation has collaborated with some of the most well-known art institutions in the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Royal Academy of Arts.

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The K11 Artist Prize was established last year, with Xin Liu being its first recipient. While the prize carries no monetary reward, it does offer mentorship by members of the foundation’s council. These include names like Sarah Arison and A4 Arts Foundation.