Drawing on personal heritage and fictional future projections, Sophia Al-Maria’s protagonists reflect on the narratives and languages they have inherited as children of various colonial legacies.
As a multimedia artist working primarily in sculpture and video, my work addresses notions of cultural, gendered and racial difference, rampant sexualities and deviant behavior. It prods the porous nature of boundaries through the use of transitive materials: a sculptural installation of a tarred cornfield morphing into a hairy black pig, digital re-renderings of Mapplethorpe’s Black Book nudes transformed into Martian rocks, a human-sized cockroach with a metallic, spaceship exterior, studded with oozing, silicone vaginas. Circling around the ways in which boundaries between the bodies of self and other are porous and open to redefinition, my work examines how Western ideologies of the self influence the politics of power within notions of individualism, selfhood, freedom, and difference.
Candice Lin’s work engages notions of gender, race, and sexuality, drawing from post/de-colonialism, citizen science, anthropology, and feminist and queer theory. She has presented solo exhibitions at Portikus, Frankfurt (2017); Bétonsalon, Paris (2017); Gasworks, London (2016); and Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles (2016). She has also exhibited widely in recent group exhibitions at Moderna Museet, Stockholm; New Museum, New York; HANGAR, Lisbon; Sculpture Center, New York; and Galeria Fortes Vilaça, Sao Paulo. A recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2017), Lin recently completed residencies at Centre les Récollets, Paris (2017) and Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2016). Lin received her MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and her double BA in Visual Arts and Art Semiotics at Brown University in 2001. Lin is Assistant Professor of Art at UCLA.