Los Angeles–based artist Candice Lin (b. 1979) investigates the legacies of colonialism, racism, and sexism by mapping the trade routes and histories of a range of colonial goods. Co-organized by the Walker Art Center and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Candice Lin: Seeping, Rotting, Resting, Weeping is composed of a site-specific installation that responds to the space of the gallery at each institution, allowing the shape of the work to evolve over the course of its presentation.
Anchored by a nomadic tent structure—simultaneously a temporary shelter and a quasi-religious temple—the exhibition includes hand-drawn and hand-printed indigo textiles, hand-built ceramic sculptures, plaster and concrete “tactile theaters,” and a video animation that leads visitors through qigong breathing and movement exercises.
Cats abound in the gallery space. From ceramic cats found curled up inside the tent to the video’s animated cat demon, the exhibition proposes an animist worldview—one that asks us to shift our focus from the human to the more-than-human world. Ultimately, Lin encourages us to question our present, reenvision our futures, and embrace new ways of knowing the world.
Victoria Sung, associate curator, Visual Arts, Walker Art Center; and Dan Byers, John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University.
Walker Art Center: August 5, 2021–January 1, 2022
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University: February 4–April 10, 2022
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive: May 8–November 27, 2022
The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue documenting the artist’s research materials and process, copublished by the Walker and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.