Candice Lin

Pigs and Poison

Candice Lin’s art explores marginalised histories, colonial legacies and the materials that link them. Pigs and Poison is published following a major commission and touring exhibition of the same name, co-commissioned by Spike Island, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and the Guangdong Times Museum.

The publication explores Lin’s research-based practice, which encompasses complex histories of exploitation, migration and disease. It includes texts by Spike Island Director, Robert Leckie, academic Lisa Lowe and writer Shani Mootoo, as well as conversations between Lin, curator Alvin Li and academic Jih-Fei Cheng.


Candice Lin (b. 1979, Concord, Massachusetts) works in Los Angeles, California. She received her BA in Visual Arts and Art  Semiotics from Brown University, in 2001, and MFA in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute, in 2004. Her practice utilises installation, drawing, video, and living materials and processes, such as mould, mushrooms, bacteria, fermentation, and stains. She addresses themes of race, gender, and sexuality in relationship to material histories of colonialism, slavery, and diaspora. Lin has had recent solo exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Germany; Louisiana State University Museum of Art, New Orleans (all 2021); Pitzer Galleries, Claremont, CA; Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Art Center, Canada; Ludlow 38, New York; Francois Ghebaly, Los Angeles, (all 2019) as well as the exhibition cycle A Hard White Body at Bétonsalon, Paris (2017); Portikus, Frankfurt; and the Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago (both 2018). Lin has been included in recent group exhibitions and biennials at the ICA, London; Para Site, Hong Kong; Beirut Art Center (all 2019); the Taipei Fine Arts Museum; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (both 2018); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2017); the New Museum, New York, and Sculpture Center New York (all 2017). She is the recipient of several residencies, grants and fellowships, including the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant (2019), The Artists Project Award (2018), Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2017), the Davidoff Art Residency (2018) and Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2009). She is Assistant Professor of Art at UCLA.

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Publisher: Govett-Brewster Art Gallery | Len Lye Centre, Guangdong Times Museum, Spike Island and Mousse Publishing
Year: 2023
ISBN: 978-8-86749-558-0
Number of Pages: 116
Design: Cecilia Serafini