Sin Wai Kin
b. 1991, Toronto, Canada; lives and works in London, U.K.
Sin Wai Kin’s work encompasses performance, moving image, writing and print, to question the idealized image and the collective gaze. Their work presents speculative fictions to create fantasy narratives that interrupt normative processes around issues of desire, identification, and objectification. Sin’s use of performance and particularly drag began as a means of deconstructing and challenging misogyny and racism. Video works and performances are frequently staged at immersive scales and the various drag characters that Sin Wai Kin performs reference discourses on gender, identity, and consciousness. Their work serves to destabilise essentialist notions of not only gender, but further to complicate binaries such as performance and authenticity, self and other, and fantasy and reality.
Sin Wai Kin was nominated for the Turner Prize 2022. Their recent exhibitions include The Story Cycle, Channel, Somerset House, London (2022); The Condition of Being Addressable, ICA, Los Angeles (2022); the story changes the body changes (repeating), The Guggenheim, New York (2022); Drawing attention: emerging British artists, The British Museum, London (2022); Protozone 4 – Extra Worlding, Shedhalle, Zurich (2021); British Art Show 9, UK (2021); INFERNO, ICA, London (2020); Today’s Top Stories, Tank Museum, Shanghai, China (2020); Total Fabrication, Works and Process, Guggenheim Museum, New York (2020); Age of You, MOCA, Toronto (2019); La vie des chose, MOMENTA biennale de l’image, Montreal (2019); Kiss My Genders, Hayward Gallery, London (2019); Meetings on Art, the 58th Venice Biennale, Venice (2019); Rising up in the infinite sky, Sophia Al-Maria: BCE, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2019); Do Disturb, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2019); PLANTSEX, General Ecology, Serpentine Galleries, London (2019); DRAG, Hayward Gallery, London (2018); The sky as an image, an image as a net, Serpentine Park Nights, London (2018); Swinging Out Over the Earth, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018); Indifferent Idols, Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taipei (2018); We Share the Same Tears, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018); Glitch Night, ICA, London (2017); and TATE EXCHANGE: GENDER TALKS, Tate Modern, London (2017).
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