After his imprisonment, Lin left Myanmar and went into exile in London in 2006, only returning home in 2012 following a series of political reforms. In 2013, he began work on A Show of Hands. This multimedia installation includes hundreds of cast plaster hands of former political prisoners from Myanmar, each accompanied by a card bearing information about the circumstances of the individual’s imprisonment. In this way, A Show of Hands allows each person to “raise a hand” and be counted as part of the vast community of people who have suffered human rights abuses. The artist plans to continue adding new casts to the installation as these abuses continue.
According to Lin, the experience of breaking his arm in a bicycle accident during his time in London led to his interest “in the art of breaking, fixing, and healing” and to the use of plaster casting in A Show of Hands. Both sculptural and social, Lin’s artistic practice offers individuals an opportunity to process the past by sharing their stories with others. As part of the installation of A Show of Hands at the Albright-Knox, Lin will travel from Myanmar to Buffalo, where he will cast the hands of former Burmese political prisoners from across the region.
This exhibition is organized by Jennifer Foley, Director of Education and Community Engagement, and Tina Rivers Ryan, Assistant Curator.
Admission to this special exhibition is Pay What You Wish on M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY.