Lin Yilin

Lin Yilin


Lin Yilin was born in Guangzhou in 1964 and now lives and works in New York and Beijing.  In the 1980s, he graduated from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts with a major in sculpture. He is famous for his interdisciplinary creative practice.  His creative mediums include sculpture, installation, photography, live performance, and video documentation of outdoor performances. Lin Yilin's conceptual practice can always combine social structure with daily life in a dynamic and witty way.  In his early famous public performance work, “Safely Maneuvering Across Linhe Road” (1995), Lin Yilin moved a wall from one end of a street in Guangzhou to the other by repeatedly building and demolishing the brick wall. A video recording the action took part in the 2007 Documenta in Kassel, which the artist completed while he was in the “Big Tail Elephant” group.  "Big Tail Elephant" is famous for its critical art practice. It was founded by Lin Yilin in 1990 with Chen Shaoxiong and Liang Juhui. Xu Tan then joined.


Lin Yilin has participated in biennials and triennials including: Guangzhou Triennial (2002, 2005), 50th Venice Biennale (2003), and 12th Kassel Documenta (2007), the 10th Lyon Biennale (2009).





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