Loving 佢 | /ˈlʌvɪŋ/ /keuih/
Photographer: Lisa Broms. Image courtesy of the artist.
Obsidian Coast is excited to be working with artist and filmmaker April Lin on their new multi-channel film Loving 佢 | /ˈlʌvɪŋ/ /keuih/, which will be produced this year as OC's inaugural moving image commission.
Lin describes the project as an exchange of internal letters between two beings imagining one another across parallel realms. Communicating to an envisioned other who exists as a possibility beyond their self-perceived boundaries of reality, these two beings meet in a shared world of imagination.
Extending the potentials of “佢” [/keuih/], the Cantonese colloquial and genderless third person pronoun, Loving 佢 imagines an alternate world in which the destabilising potentialities of rethinking identity – that characterise our present moment but remain unfulfilled – have long since been expanded. In the exchange between these two protagonists reaching for the unknown, our contemporary reality, where life is inescapably racialised, gendered and classed, collides with another realm. Here the links between identity, power and the body have been resown such that wholly new levels of subjectivity now flourish.
Loving 佢 asks where the boundaries of our understanding and imagination are drawn, how to reach beyond them, and what unforeseen modes of governing and policing might wait for us, if we were to leap across to the other side.
Loving 佢 | /ˈlʌvɪŋ/ /keuih/ will manifest in April Lin’s solo exhibition at Obsidian Coast.
April Lin is an artist and filmmaker investigating the pluralities of truths constructed, contained, and disseminated via the process of image-making. Merging experimental techniques with a commitment to centring marginalised knowledges, they approach the moving image as a tool to remember forgotten pasts, honour erased presents, and imagine new futures. Their films have been shown at The Victoria & Albert Museum, Echo Park Film Centre, and The Royal Art Institute in Sweden.
In 2019, Obsidian Coast invited proposals from UK based artists to produce a moving image project for a solo exhibition at Obsidian Coast in autumn 2020. The open call took as its point of departure the notion of the horizon. Constituting the circular parameter that determines the social, political and material conditions of our existence, horizons are boundaries that cannot be crossed and command realms of possibility. Bound to remain obscure, they pull us towards them as they infinitely recede. Yet rather than only representing the absolute, horizons are also malleable and contingent, and have embedded in them the potential of rupture. Obsidian Coast's inaugural moving image commission invited artists to reach beyond the horizon and expand the parameters of the possible.
The commission is kindly supported by Arts Council England.