expo 31/1 – 12/3
Lin named himself “No. 223” after the lovelorn cop played by Takeshi Kaneshiro in Wong Kar-wai’s cult classic Chungking Express. Together with Ren Hang, he is a pioneer of avant garde photography in China.
These photos, either of casual capturing of episodes of quotidian life or of poses, call forth an “unconventional” sense that is different from the everyday life routine—— the profile of the tail of a toy chicken, the bowing girl with stomach leaning against the wall, the girl lipsticking in the bathtub with wide open eyes, the boy in the bathtub with a banana in mouth, and the girl vomiting milk, two hands clothed in sperm. Such sense of the unconventional or even uncanny everyday life is particular to this generation or this group of generation, a kind of sense of imaginary existential beauty. They play houses in their everyday lives, building on their own a stage-like private secret and virtual vacuum with neither the bond of traditional moral standard and customs, nor high-spirited social atmosphere, in which their love, sex, sorrow and happiness are streaming unrestrained through their self-directed and self-performed play of life for self-entertainment.
“In China’s tradition-laden environment, it may seem as if we of the younger generation already have freedom, but it is freedom that we seek.” – Lin Zhipeng