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Irreconcilable Differences

Video Art
Irreconcilable Differences
Artist
Sin Wai Kin
Release Year
2021
Country
Canada
IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES presents a conversation between two individuals who signify two sides of a false dichotomy. Wearing faces reimagined from the Chou (clown) archetype in Cantonese and Peking Opera, and exaggerated curves, costumes and wigs, the characters clown the visual language of identity categories such as gender and race, as well as spoken and gestural language and its relationship to polarised positionalities. The two figures start a conversation which quickly turns into an argument in an unintelligible language, leaving viewers to project meaning onto the characters’ conversation and gestures based on the individual perceptions and biases they bring to the work. Inspired from the Taoist concepts of perspectives and names as temporary lodging places, or comparing systems of knowledge to styles of music played on a zither (Chuang Tzu), the characters play out their clearly constructed, arguably meaningless but nevertheless irreconcilable differences.

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Biography


Sin Wai Kin (fka Victoria Sin) is an artist using speculative fiction within performance, moving image, writing and print to interrupt normative processes of desire, identification, and objectification. Drawing from close personal encounters of looking and wanting, their work presents heavily constructed fantasy narratives on the often unsettling experience of the physical within the social body.