Shi Yan /Nicolas Lin(b. 1998, Buenos Aires, Argentina) lives and works in Shanghai. His ancestry can be traced back to Fuqing, a coastal city in Fujian Province, China. With China’s reform and opening-up in the 1990s, his parents travelled to Argentina to do business, before returning in the early 2000s due to the various the economic, political, and social crises.
Since his return to China, Shi Yan and his family have lived in many different cities. His years of constant movement and his studies of the Frankfurt School of philosophy have led to an interest in subjectivity and the experience of the individual in the public sphere.