Lin Tianmiao & Wang Gongxin
Chinese, 1961 and 1960
Galerie Lelong at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2017,
Galerie Lelong & Co.
Galerie Lelong & Co.

Wife-and-husband team Lin Tianmiao and Wang Gongxin combined their two divergent practices of fabric-based installation and video art to create a collaborative project. Lin and Wang wanted to create a project about inverses; Wang says “we both wanted to flip the day-to-day, habitual elements of life” like “reality and fiction, inside and outside, skin and organs.” The result of their efforts is titled Here? or There? (2002). The piece is comprised of a collection of sculptural dresses in muted palettes made by Lin, and films by Wang featuring models performing—wearing the dresses—in front of destroyed and abandoned traditional Chinese landscapes.