April Lin 林森
From B to You
Jul 2021
Jul 2021
April Lin 林森, (Tending) (to) (Ta), film still, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.
Even though things feel the most uncertain they ever have, I feel free. I can envision futures that give me life, possibilities that I want to take part in materialising. I don’t know where to go from here, but I trust the paths that come to me, and I trust myself to make the right choices. Before, I knew everything I was going to do, I could foresee every day, every year ahead of me. Yet I had no idea of how to grasp anything the universe was gifting me.

Here are some words that have been passed on to me and which I would now like to pass on to you. I hope they will be as good a companion to you as you may wish them to be.

– B, (Tending) (to) (Ta)
Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy (A K Pr Distribution, 2017)

Kodwo Eshun, More Brilliant Than The Sun (Quartet Books, 1998)

Leslie Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues (Firebrand Books, 1993)

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Herder and Herder, 1970)

Edited by Ken Liu, Invisible Planets (Head of Zeus, 2016)

Nisha Ramayya, States of The Body Produced by Love (Ignota, 2019)

Edited by Victoria Sin, Dream Babes Zine 2.0 (PSS, 2017)

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass (Milkweed Editions, 2013)
April Lin 林森 (b. 1996, Stockholm — they/them) is an artist-filmmaker investigating image-making  as a site for the construction, sustenance, and dissemination of co-existent yet conflicting truths. They dream & explore & critique & fret & catastrophise & imagine & play with the potentials that the moving image holds — for a collective remembering of forgotten pasts, for a critical examining of normalised presents, and for a visualising of freer futures as, of course, imagined from the periphery. 

April Lin 林森 uses video as a self-reflexive and cathartic tool, interweaving strands of auto-biography, world-building, documentary, performance, and the post-Internet, topped off with an inevitable garnish consisting of the other matters dialoguing with their brain and heart during the making process of each piece. Uniting their genre-fluid body of work is a commitment to centring oppressed knowledges, building an ethics of collaboration around reciprocal care, and exploring the linkages between history, memory, and interpersonal and structural trauma. 

Their films have been shown and screened at, including but not limited to: the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, HOME, Royal Art Institute of Sweden, LA Filmforum, MADATAC, Botkyrka Konsthall, Arebyte Gallery, Konstfack, Camden Arts Centre, Beijing International Short Film Festival, Tunis International Feminist Art Festival, Floating Projects, Underwire Festival, Chinese Arts Now, Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival, NOWNESS Asia, and 4:3 Boiler Room

This reading list is part of April Lin 林森's solo exhibition (Tending) (to) (Ta).