A Hard White Body, A Porous Slip: Interview with Candice Lin
EXCERPT: Candice Lin thinks through some of the most troubling scars of human history. Her work approaches the entrenched legacies of colonialism, racism, sexism, etc., with an intersectional attunement that provides relatable entryways into the magnitude of these oppressive structures. Transgressive historical figures who have been pushed aside for their non-normative identities invoke narrative lines for viewers to make sense of these complex, and often contradictory, pasts. Much of Lin’s practice, however, finds methods of unpacking these histories through dislocating human subjectivity altogether. In her exhibition A Hard White Body, a Porous Slip, currently on view at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, the artist continues her compelling research into how materials and non-sentient life carry similar baggage and trauma. In looking to the nonhuman, viewers of Lin’s work find that while the stakes of oppressive social systems have obviously fraught consequences for people, they also entangle and structure the rest of the world in a human drama—a maelstrom not easily escaped.