In their film series NARRATIVE REFLECTIONS ON LOOKING, Sin Wai Kin explores how desire is created and shaped through the subjective process of looking. Starting from the manifestation of desire in the process of identification with images, the artist inevitably deals with the wider issue of gender and femininity as social constructs, as well as with their relationship. The simulation of the awakening of desire is realized here linguistically as well as visually – combining suggestive narration and the camera’s slow movements that direct the viewer’s desiring gaze. The choice of close-up shots and static frames underlines the voyeuristic dimension of looking (a characteristic shared with film), providing the viewer with an unobstructed view and encouraging them to observe the image meticulously. The image is thus the work’s central thematic preoccupation and its fundamental, constitutive element.
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.