In Preface/Looking Without Touching, the viewer sees a motionless feminine figure lying in a sensual pose, spread across red satin. Simultaneously, the anonymous narrator tries to stimulate the viewer’s imagination, to merge the image with the object of the viewer’s desire and, finally, to establish the presented image as a universal fantasy. While the image is evidently referencing the ideal of femininity reminiscent of classic Hollywood, as well as the contemporary Western beauty trends, the feminine characteristics of the presented figure, Sin’s drag persona, are deliberately amplified. Hence, they embody their femininity only partially, at the same time parodying it.
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.