2015, single-channel video, sound, 28’32”
In 1997, Lin Yilin laid sheets of paper printed with Hong Kong’s Basic Law on the surface of the water to create a white backdrop upon which he would float in a performance entitled Sharkproof Web, with the Basic Law acting as a powerful metaphor of Hong Kong’s future. In 2005, commissioned by M+ for Mobile M+: Live Art, Lin created Twenty, again mobilising the Basic Law, yet this time not as the blueprint of Hong Kong’s future but rather as a cornerstone of the present. In Twenty, pages of the Basic Law are woven into a thick rope, the centrepiece of a publicly-staged tug-of-war. Like many of Lin’s works, Twenty hints at political uncertainties while adopting a playful and light- hearted attitude.
Born 1964 in Guangzhou, lives and works in Beijing and New York
LIN Yilin is noted for his conceptual practice thatembraces sculpture, installation and photography as well as live performance and video. His works integrate socialarchitectures and everyday life in an energetic and wittymanner. LIN co-founded the Big Tail Elephants Group in 1990, together with XU Tan, and the late CHEN Shaoxiong and LIANG Juhui. He has had solo exhibitions at Arrow Factory, Beijing (2009); The Land Foundation, Chiang Mai, and Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok (2010–11);San Francisco Art Institute Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco (2012); and Video Bureau, Beijing (2014).Additionally, the Big Tail Elephant Group has beenfeatured in exhibitions at Kunsthalle Bern (1998) andTimes Museum, Guangzhou (2016). International groupexhibitions and biennials include Gwangju Biennial(2002); Guangzhou Triennial (2002); Venice Biennale(2003 and 2015); Lyon Biennial (2009); Go Figure: FiveContemporary Videos, Asia Society, New York (2010); A Line Made by Walking, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel (2011); and Art and China after 1989: Theatre of the World and One Hand Clapping, both at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Artist website: linyilin.com