• Ideas
  • Jan 20, 2021

Stitching Memories: Interview with Yin Xiuzhen

Portrait of YIN XIUZHEN. Courtesy the artist.

Chinese artist Yin Xiuzhen has been collecting personal and collective memories through her textile-based installations, comprising used clothes, which reflect both her childhood and China’s recent rapid socioeconomic changes. Her large-scale installation Trojan (2016–17) shown at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019 for example, depicting a female figure in the brace position on an airplane seat, references the country’s excessive consumerism and the devastations of a globalized economy. Her latest mid-career retrospective, “Sky Patch,” at Hong Kong’s Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT), formerly the textile factory Nan Fung Textiles, showcased her latest commissions as well as works from the past two decades. The exhibition, like some of her other works, was put together with the help of her family. Pamela Wong spoke with the artist about the role of textiles in her life, how her family, particularly the mother-daughter relationship, influences her works, and the impacts of China’s recent economic reforms.