A Passport to Everywhere, 2017, Recycled papers made from expired passports of Germany, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Singapore, UK, USA, 9 x 12.5 x 0.5 cm. ©Joy Chiang
‘A Passport to Everywhere’ is a recycled-paper-made object that uses expired passport pages of Germany, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Singapore, UK, USA. By following global visa policies, having multi-passports from the above nations is the minimum requirement of fulfilling a worldwide visa-free travel. This recycled passport visualises the desire to achieve genuine freedom of movement – A ‘utopian’ idea of the nomadic. This work utilises used materials to rethink the regulation of people’s mobility, shedding light on the meaning of passport control as a way of illuminating the institutionalisation of the idea of nation-state as well as the authorised power in an increasingly automated system.
Postcards From Nowhere, 2017, Recycled papers made from refused-entry landing cards of UK Border Agency, 11 x 15 x 0.2 cm x 10 Pieces. ©Joy Chiang
‘Postcards From Nowhere’ is a collection of recycled-paper-made ‘postcards’ created using refused-entry ‘landing cards’ of the UK Border Agency. The process of recycling has transformed the landing card from important bureaucratic document to simple souvenirs of being nowhere. A stark reminded of hope and reality. This work invites us to ponder the power of paper work and its apparent omnipotent authority in making the distinction between citizens and non-citizens.
The Road On Which The Sun Never Sets, 2016, Video installation, cotton canvas fabric, 12 minutes, 96 x 170 x 0.5 cm. ©Shao-Jie Lin
‘The Road On Which The Sun Never Sets’ is an installation combining a flag-like object and a video work. The flag is comprised of a poster from the EU referendum highlighting both sides of the debate. It raises the concerns surrounding a stricter than ever immigration policy that is leaving those EU members currently residing in the UK with a great deal of uncertainty.
The video work features 62 geographically different roads from Google Street View. Lin specifically captured those places across the globe that share either a British-original name of district or a British-Monarch title of road. The work aims to take the viewers on a historical tour of the former British Empire highlighting similarities and contradictions between the past, present and possible future.
London-based Taiwanese artist Shao-Jie Lin’s practices consistently navigate his distinct poetic and imaginative sensibility toward anthropological and geopolitical concerns. His works applied digital media, installation, video and sculpture, focusing on the issue around border, mobility, equality and justice which Lin describe as a sort of ‘Utopian speculation’. Lin’s works has been exhibited recently in the group exhibitions ‘Start-Up: Slow Accident’, Nieuw Dakota Gallery (Amsterdam), ‘Transit Border – A Way to Utopia?’, Enclave Project Lab (London), ‘Fair Booth Trial’, Carousel London (London), he had also participated artist in residencies at Merz Barn (Lake District, UK) and Joya Arte + Ecología (Andalusia, Spain). Lin is currently studying his MFA Fine Arts degree at Goldsmiths, University of London.