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2019, Guangzhou; performance,

60 min

Commissioned by M+, Hong Kong

Typhoon is a new work inspired by Guangzhou's distinctive colonial-era buildings, which consist of residential upper storeys and street-level shops with an arcade along the facade to provide protection from sunlight and rain. Having grown up among this nineteenth-century architecture, Lin laments its demolition in the latest round of urban renewal. Dressed in white pyjamas, he stands on metal stilts frequently used by plasterers in the United States and walks on the empty, silent verandas in the middle of the night. Evoking a surreal feeling of walking above the ground, the work reflects the helplessness of the individual against the tide of urban development.

--Excerpt of "Sigg Prize 2019"  Exhibition booklet

© lin yilin 2018

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