Reflecting upon the racialized rhetoric and history of immigrants in the American context, Candice Lin explores 'pigs and poison' in relation to the complex history of 'coolie trade' and Opium War, which connects the subaltern migration of materials and labors of the19th century with the current trajectory of toxicity and exploitation. Her speculative investigation and reconstruction of materials and subjects give voices to the invisible histories overshadowed by colonial rhetoric and racialied narratives. Candice Lin: Pigs and Poison is featured as the Prospect series of Times Museum, which was initiated in 2018 and led by the curatorial team of the Museum. The exhibition is commissioned by Guangdong Times Museum, Spike Island, Bristol; and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth and will tour to the other two institutions in August 2020 (New Plymouth) and January 2021 (Bristol).
Press release courtesy Guangdong Times Museum.