Lin Shiauyu, Mould, 2022*
*planned to be published in early 2022
BOOK | The global pandemic and the lockdown procedures cast a looming cloud over everyone’s mental health, it’s a crucial time to reconnect with oneself or reach out to those in shadows to ensure that they are getting the sun they need. Juxtaposing the images of mould growing in living spaces, and everyday life snapshots that hint at the accumulated shame in one’s mind, Mould looks into the internalized shame and self-degradation that are often ignored or undermined in everyday life, in the name of humility or passing emotions. Using mould as a metaphor for shame, maintenance as healing, the work documents the deterioration of one's mental wellness under the influence of unmanaged shame, drawing a parallel between the mould growing in the surrounding and the creeping shame in one's mind. Mould is presented as a photobook consisting of photographs, drawings, text, and chat history, it is an ongoing project started in 2019, the book is planned to be published early 2022. The version included in this application was showcase as part of
Undescribed #06 at DECK, Singapore.
BIO | Lin Shiauyu (b. 1995, Shanghai) is a Taiwanese image-maker based in Singapore. Using image-making as a form of inquiry and navigation, her works delve into human conditions such as womanhood, identity, and mental wellness. Shiauyu graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Imaging at the Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design, and Media. She is the recipient of the 2020 Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Photography. More about her practice can be found at www.linshiauyu.com.