LA artist Candice Lin replays colonial violence with piss, plants, and razor wire

Catherine Wagley

In her Art Basel Hong Kong presentation, the haunting politics of the so-called Chinese coolie trade take center stage

Candice Lin, A Hard White Body, A Porous Slip, 2017-2018. Installation views from Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago. Courtesy of the artist, Logan Center for the Arts, and François Ghebaly, Los Angeles. Photo by Robert Chase Heishman.
Candice Lin, A Hard White Body, A Porous Slip, 2017-2018. Installation views from Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago. Courtesy of the artist, Logan Center for the Arts, and François Ghebaly, Los Angeles. Photo by Robert Chase Heishman.
Candice Lin and Patrick Staff, LESBIAN GULLS, DEAD ZONES, SWEAT AND T., 2017. Courtesy of the artists, Human Resources, and Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo by Ian Byers-Gamber.
Candice Lin and Patrick Staff, LESBIAN GULLS, DEAD ZONES, SWEAT AND T., 2017. Courtesy of the artists, Human Resources, and Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo by Ian Byers-Gamber.
Candice Lin, La Charada China, 2018. Installation views from Made In L.A, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2018. Courtesy of the artist, the Hammer Museum, and François Ghebaly, Los Angeles. Photo by Ian Byers Gamber.
Candice Lin, La Charada China, 2018. Installation views from Made In L.A, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2018. Courtesy of the artist, the Hammer Museum, and François Ghebaly, Los Angeles. Photo by Ian Byers Gamber.
Candice Lin, You are a spacious fluid sac, 2015, installation views. Courtesy of the artist and François Ghebaly, Los Angeles. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer.
Candice Lin, You are a spacious fluid sac, 2015, installation views. Courtesy of the artist and François Ghebaly, Los Angeles. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer.