Edition print of 40 by Sin Wai Kin for ‘SECCMA Trade: Details of Love’, a project curated Kostas Stasinopoulos organized by SECCMA Trust, with all profits in support of Emantes – International Lgbtqia+ Solidarity.
Sin Wai Kin (b. 1991 Toronto) lives and works in London. This spring, following a reading at the Asia Forum for Contemporary Art in Venice during the opening week of the 59th Venice Biennale, Sin will perform at the Guggenheim, New York. The artist’s most recent film, A Dream of Wholeness in Parts (2021) was recently screened at The British Film Institute’s 65th London Film Festival. Their work is currently included in the touring exhibition the British Art Show 9 as well as Protozone at Shedhalle, Zürich and HYPER-POSSIBLE: Coventry Biennial 2021, Coventry. Recent solo exhibitions include It’s Always You at Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong (2021); She’s Hopeful (2018) at Soft Opening, London (2020); Narrative Reflections on Looking at Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2020); Narrative Reflections on Looking at Sotheby’s S2, London (2018) and Indifferent Idols at Taipei Contemporary Art Centre, Taipei (2018). Recent group exhibitions include Drawing attention at The British Museum, London (2022); Carnival at The Polygon Gallery, Vancouver (2021); Other World at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan (2021); B3 Biennial of Moving Image, Frankfurt (2021); Polymorfous Sex at Display Association for Research and Collective Practice, Prague (2021); Love in the times of… curated by Gianni Jetzer at Hotel Europe, Zürich (2021); Born in Flames: Feminist Futures at Bronx Museum, New York (2021); The many faced god.dess, curated by Thomas Conchou at La Maison populaire de Montreuil, Montreuil (2021); Age of You, curated by Shumon Basar, Douglas Copeland & Hans Ulrich Obrist at Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai & MOCA Toronto (2020 & 2019); Together at M HKA, Antwerp (2020); MORE, MORE, MORE at Tank, Shanghai (2020); Masks at Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto (2020); Transformer: A Rebirth of Wonder, curated by Jefferson Hack at 180 The Strand, London (2019); Rewriting the Future at Site Gallery, Sheffield (2019); La vie des choses at MOMENTA Biennale de l’Image, Montreal (2019); Kiss My Genders at Hayward Gallery, London (2019); Display at Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund (2019); A Doll’s House at Goethe Centre, Baku (2019); BCE at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2019) and DRAG at Hayward Gallery, London (2018). Their work is in the public collections of British Museum Prints & Drawings; The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art and Sunpride Foundation, Hong Kong.
Emantes – International Lgbtqia+ Solidarity is a Social Cooperative Enterprise based in Athens, Greece, that was founded in July 2018 by experienced volunteers in the LGBTQIA+ refugee field as well as in feminist and/or queer groups. Some of the founding members were refugees/asylum seekers at the time. Emantes’ mission is twofold. On the one hand, they provide direct or indirect psychosocial support to LGBTQIA+ refugees/asylum seekers. On the other hand, they raise awareness on the issues the LGBTQIA+ refugee/migrant community faces, by highlighting the multiple repressions posed by its dual identity and its invisibility within the general refugee/migrant population. Emantes means “we” in kaliarda, the slang used by homosexuals in Greece during the 1940s, in order to safely communicate with one another. In modern Greek, “imantes” means straps, which to Emantes are a symbol of solidarity. Straps can lift or hold together very heavy objects. So, in a way, Emantes understand and envision solidarity through diversity and adversity, a connection with “others” in the most unlikely combinations.
SECCMA Trust is a creative venture of SERAPIS that aims to form an alliance supporting the growth and expansion of contemporary art locally and internationally.