中文

I am on the Right
1997, performance, 2 hours

Lin Yilin kneels on a sculptural pedestal in a humorous imitation of the sculpted stone lions that once sat either side of the gates to imperial residences in ancient China. Stone lions were originally traditional gate ornaments for imperial palaces, but after the opening up of China, they become fashionable amongst the broad populous, mushrooming in front of restaurants and places of business, yet devoid of their once imposing air. This imitation of an imperial custom provokes amusement, but the joke in Lin Yilin's work is his imitating imitation. -- Li Xianting