It’s Always You
Utilising the formation of a four-piece boyband whose members comprise of masculine drag characters, Sin Wai Kin presents It’s Always You (2021), a new body of work composing of a dual-channel tongue in cheek music video and various other boyband ephemera that capture an essence of queer joy.
Sin deconstructs the cultural elements that form a successful boyband and explore the evolvement of gender, sexuality and expectations of masculinity within the boyband industry. Sin adopts the role of all four members in their boyband – The One, The Universe, The Storyteller and Wai King; each assuming an independent persona that strives to take apart a number of ingrained binaries that colonial and patriarchal narratives have embedded into our system. By considering the structural formulation of boybands, Sin explores the idea of collective individuals operating as a singular unit and presents the idea of a community as one body and the individual as many, making a comparison to the non-exclusive possibilities of gender identity and thinking.
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.
In 2020, Sin Wai Kin (b. 1991, Toronto, CA) opened the solo exhibition Narrative Reflections on Looking at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2021, the artist will be included in the touring exhibition British Art Show 9. Recent selected group exhibitions include Born in Flames, The Bronx Museum, New York, USA (2021); Age of You, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai (2021); MORE, MORE, MORE, Tank, Shanghai, China (2020); Transformer: A Rebirth of Wonder, 180 The Strand, London, UK (2019); La vie des choses, MOMENTA Biennale de l’Image, Montreal, Canada (2019); Kiss My Genders, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2019); Display, Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund, Germany (2019). The artist has performed at Frac Lorraine, Metz, France; Serpentine Galleries, London, UK; Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; ICA, London, UK; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France and as part of the 58th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy.