April Lin 林森
(Tending) (to) (Ta)
20 Jan 2020 — 4 Sep 2021
20 Jan 2020 — 4 Sep 2021
In December 2019, April Lin 林森 was awarded Obsidian Coast's inaugural artist moving image commission. During this extended residency period, Lin works with Obsidian Coast remotely and in person towards the development and production of their new film (Tending) (to) (Ta) for a solo exhibition at Obsidian Coast in summer 2021.
April Lin 林森, (Tending) (to) (Ta), film still, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.
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.

(Tending) (to) (Ta) is commissioned by Obsidian Coast and has been generously supported by Arts Council England and The Elephant Trust.