Doppelganger is a video work by Yi-Chi Lin that explores early overseas migration in Kinmen. With a narrative focusing on a premonition of “doppelganger” in a family that had migrated abroad, the piece ties together members across three generations in Taiwan and Indonesia and their experiences of diaspora through different periods in time, including separation, growing up in a foreign land, and eventually settling down and building a life there. Departing from the perspective of the family, the work recounts the life history of the migrants and then further explores issues of nationality, history, and identity in Southeast Asia.
In regards to production, the work employs cinematic mise-en-scène and theatrical performance arrangements, and the idea of a doppelganger in a foreign country is presented with actors from three generations each taking on two roles, showing close contrasts of similar mysterious encounters that the two sides have both experienced. Additionally, more clues and codes are hidden in the images presented. With theater-like scene transitions, the narrative spans across three different dimensions of time, traveling from the past, the present, to the future, with the distances between Kinmen, Taiwan, and Indonesia stitched together. For the presentation, the video is screened in a cave-like setting to represent the historical tunnel in Kinmen, which further augments the audience’s corporeal perception, with more possibilities evoked by the images and the space.
about the artist /
Born in 1986, Lin Yi-Chi now lives and works in Taipei. Lin received her Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Taipei National University of the Arts. With educational backgrounds in both contemporary art and film production, her works take the form of video art, experimental cinema, and video installation. In recent years, Lin’s practice centers on the diaspora experiences within Asian geopolitics. Memories and dreams are collected through field investigation, and the dynamic images are transformed into her medium of necromancy. Individual life narratives are re-interpreted and re-enacted into a re-enchantment scenario, which she employs to summon the marginal voices and re-produce bonds among nationalities, histories, and collective memories.
Lin was recently invited to exhibit works in the Jakarta Biennale (2022), 13th Gwangju Biennale (2021), and the Biennale Jogja 2019, as well as her solo exhibition “Selamat, the messenger over the sea” (2022) at Honggah Museum, Taiwan. She has also participated in numerous domestic and international curatorial projects, film festivals, and artist residencies. Also, Lin has been accoladed with the Special Jury Prize at Huayu Youth Award (2021), First Prize at Miami Beach Pulse Prize (2019), First Prize of Golden Harvest Awards for Best Experimental Film (2021 & 2019), Finalist at the 16th Taishin Arts Award (2018), First Prize of Kaohsiung Award (2018), MIT New Artist Award by the Ministry of Culture (2018), and Honorable Mention of Taipei Arts Awards (2018).The unique atmosphere her artworks create is outstandingly experimental and subversive.