Zhou Yan Contemporary Chinese Art Archive 周彦当代中国艺术档案



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Exhibition Event Title

“Bound-Unbound 1995-1997”

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Location of Exhibition Event

Gallery of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China


White cotton thread, 800 household objects, video, sound, 4m(W) x 3m(H) Screen made out of white cotton thread


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The installation, "Boud and Unbound," is made up of, “...An accumulation of nearly 800 household objects around which Lin had carefully wound white unbleached cotton thread, transforming everyday utensils that ranged from pots and pans to teapots and children's toys into a sea of formal, aesthetic objects. Greeting the viewer at the entrance was a video of a hand cutting threads with a pair of scissors projected onto a screen made up of actual threads. The video image was a strange act of disrupture in what was otherwise a scene of order...What began as a nostalgic reference to a childhood spent helping her mother sew the family’s clothes was transformed into a technique that had not only become her technical signature, but also has enabled her to address issues related to a gendered experience of the world. The installation Bound and Unbound (1997) took this technique to a much more ambitious level.” (Chiu, Melissa. (2013). “The Body in Thread and Bone: Lin Tianmiao.” Lin Tianmiao: bound unbound. Milan, Charta.) (Russ, Hannah '18)


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