Sin Wai Kin (b. 1991, Toronto, Canada) uses speculative fiction and storytelling to create multilayered performances and moving image works. Drawing on their early performances in London’s experimental drag scene, in which their onstage persona pastiched an idealized vision of Western femininity, their cast has grown to encompass an expanding universe of characters.
MATRIX 284 / Sin Wai Kin: The Story Changing, the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States, presents two of their most recent video works, The Breaking Story (2022) and Dreaming the End (2023). Featuring the characters The Storyteller and Change, the works address how forms of embodiment and multiplicity have the potential to transform social narratives. Using makeup and costuming derived from both drag performance and Cantonese and Peking opera, Sin illuminates the binary constructs that regulate processes of identification, ultimately imagining different worlds and embodying new ways of being.