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Huxian Memorial Hall, 2019-2020, performance, video, photography and installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artists.



Huxian Memorial Hall, 2019-2020, performance, video, photography and installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artists.



Huxian Memorial Hall, 2019-2020, performance, video, photography and installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artists.



Huxian Memorial Hall, 2019-2020, performance, video, photography and installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artists.




River LIN

The Eighth Genre: Performance & Live Art/Multimedia-Installation & Performance



Huxian the name of the god of the fox in ancient Chinese legends, is viewed as male/female/human/animal and known for performing the fluidity of gender, sexuality and eroticism. Huxian’s pronoun is [they/them/thier]. Nowadays, people seeking love worship them.

Through performance, video, photography and installation of the work Huxian Memorial Hall, River Lin creates an altar and a fiction about Huxian’s incarnation of LGBTQ figures and activists who have passed away by will or against will, from across Asia in the 20th Century and today.

Taiwan, in 2019, has been comparatively fortunate becoming the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage. However, many of the LGBTQ community in Asia still suffer. To remember “them”, audiences are invited to concern that all of the names in this artwork who have paved the way of the freedom and ‘love wins’ that we hold today.







Profile

Born in 1984 in Taiwan, he currently lives and works between Paris and Taipei. Working across the context of visual art, performance and dance, River Lin stages the artist’s body with surroundings as live exhibitions through situation, choreography and participation. His performance process examines immaterial labour, historical texts, queer culture and the notion of expanded choreography.

His work has been presented by the Palais de Tokyo and Centre National de la Danse (Paris), KANAL Centre Pompidou and KAAI Theatre (Brussels), Live Art Development Agency (London), ANTI Contemporary Art Festival (Kuopio), Rockbund Art Museum and Ming Contemporary Art Museum (Shanghai), M+ Museum (Hong Kong), Asia Contemporary Art Week (Dubai), 2020 Taiwan Biennial, 2016 Taipei Biennial and Liveworks Festival (Sydney) among others.