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Echoes from history and themes for our time

Candice Lin’s ‘Pigs and Poison’ exhibition explores the legacy of Chinese migration

Her work has echoes from history and themes for our time. 

In Pigs and Poison, acclaimed artist Candice Lin explores the legacy of Chinese migration, weaving together the drug trade, the Opium Wars and slave labor with the cultivation of crops such as the poppy and fungi.

“Stories of borders and segregation; racial profiling and conspiracy theories; bodies and remedies; viruses and war give unsettling historical context for current conditions [in the world today],” the Govett-Brewster Art Galley said in describing Lin’s work. 

“[Her] approach in conveying marginalized histories is as varied as the stories themselves, encompassing: virtual reality, sculpture, drawing, and large-scale installation,” it added.

Candice Lin’s Pigs and Poison exhibition runs until May 16 at the Guangdong Times Museum in Guangzhou. Click here for more details.

A Robot Spoke What My Father Wrote | 2019

Material: Iron, barbed wire, drywall, bone black pigment and wood

Dimensions: 920 cm x 240 cm x 12 cm

Photo: Courtesy of Guangdong Times Museum

In my memory it is raining inside my father’s house | Solaris | 2020

Material: Books, timber, marine epoxy, pump, water, aluminum grid, plant material, oil paint on paper and photographs, fabric, found objects

Dimensions: Installation

Photo: Courtesy of Guangdong Times Museum

Refined by Fire | 2018-2021

Material: Wall paintings, bone black pigment

Dimensions: 285 cm x 950 cm

Photo: Courtesy of Guangdong Times Museum

Spice | 2019

Material: Plastic pouches with sticker labels, LED signs, ceramics, casein paint on paper, photocopies, herbs

Dimensions: Part of a larger installation

Photo: Courtesy of Guangdong Times Museum

Candice Lin’s Pigs and Poison exhibition runs until May 16 at the Guangdong Times Museum in Guangzhou. Click here for more details.

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