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TJ Shin, Breath of Preservation (Standard Colored Barracks), 2023. Herbarium sheet with specimens in the Asteraceae and Rubiaceae family, fungicides, pesticides, smoke, linen, envelope. 16 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

TJ Shin (b.1993 in Seoul, lives and works in LA) is an anti-disciplinary artist working across moving image, sound, architecture, and sculpture. Their practice explores social infrastructures of liberal humanism, globalized migration, and species governmentality. In their latest projects, Shin enquires into the complex histories of living processes such as fermentation, entanglement, and digestion, and how these are often connected to the racial, gendered, and sexual organisation of life. Shin looks at them through a postcolonial lens and analyses them as bodily responses to landscapes of confinement and control. Investigating the connections between the body and the embodied, the human and the non-human, the living and the dead, Shin reveals an inter-species solidarity that enables us to transcend these boundaries, searching for new possibilities for our common survival, inter-species symbiosis, and radical care. Their works have been exhibited internationally at the MIT List Visual Arts Centre (2023), the Queens Museum (2022), Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center (2022), The Bows (2022), Wave Hill (2020), Jeju Biennale (2020), Lewis Center for the Arts (2019), Knockdown Center (2018), and more. Shin was a 2020 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow and a 2020 Visiting Artist Fellow at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn.