The city was rebuilt into a thriving hub for steel and other industries, only to be met with a whole new set of challenges — on the day that AFP met Liu, Tangshan’s air pollution was the highest in China.
“It’s a real cause of anxiety. There’s nowhere to hide,” he said, adding that the smog made many of his compatriots invisible — like him.
“I try to use my works to let people think about what to do and the reasons for living,” he said.
“There is smog in the air, and it’s impossible to have us only inhale, not exhale.”