Yarli and Yin
Yarli and Yin are London-based artist and writer who combine their artistic and writing skills to reveal identities of diasporic Asians in the European queer scene. The uncomfortable taboos on body-shame around East/SouthEast Asian community continue to grow strong, which fosters Yarli & Yin to experiment with ways to address diverse sexuality and body positivity.
In 2017, their first queer porn short Elephant the Allison depicts an Asian Elephant whom has 'tree hole obsession' joining Tinder in London, in which its dating stories unfold. The short film was well acknowledged and officially screened widely across Europe from 2018, including PornFilmFestivals in Berlin, Vienna, Warsaw and London.
In 2019, being commissioned by Something Human with Asia-Art-Activism, Yarli & Yin produced an audio porn featuring a non-binary person and their kinky encounters. This was aired via SOAS University Radio August, 2019.
Yin is author of short story collection Yung Yung (published in Hong Kong, 2019), which puts spotlight on a French-Vietnamese lesbian in London and her rendezvous. Yarli is a multi-media artist graduated at Slade School of Fine Arts (MFA), UCL, London. Her work was reviewed by Deborah Levy in Ivan Juritz Prize (2017), and featured in Vice and Aesthetica Magazine. In 2018, she was a guest speaker of Academic of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster.
Writer’s website: http://LoYu.work
Artist’s website: http://YarliAllison.com
Elephant the Allison (2018)
The Very Educational Bubble Tea Audio Porn (2019)
Wrestling Blues (2019)
Elephant the Allison
Allison is an elephant who is obsessed with holes, and its sensual encounter with its online babe.
The film explores the nature of consciousness and spectatorship. By juxtaposing images and videos, the artist resonates the pattern of human memory - instead of serial linear actions, it is always parallel. Allison’s fetish - holes and Dung (means “hole” or “cave” in Chinese language) is visually perpetuated by the recurrence of images and music.
The practice of pornography consumption is also put under interrogation with the bricolage of the sensual moments, which leaves ripples that refuse to settle.
By juxtaposing the images and videos, the artist attempts to simulate the nature of human memory — a process that involves simultaneous actions instead of a linear narrative.
Director: So Yarli
Producer: Yin Lo
Camera: So Yarli
Cast: Huei and Pom
Length: 12:05 minutes
Screening History (Selected)
26 May 2018
Holoseksualni: bum bum porno disco techno
Queerowy Maj, Krakow, Poland
23 Oct 2018 to 28 Oct 2018
13th Pornfilmfestival Berlin
in “Experimental Porn Shorts” and “Lesbian Porn Shorts”
With Q&A after each screening
6 April 2019
Vienna Porn Film Festival
In “Political Porn shorts”
26 April 2019
London Porn Film Festival
In “Brazen Brits”
18 October 2019
Hamburg Queer Film Festival
Programme: Porn Film Festival Vienna Überraschungsprogramm
Venue: Metropolis Kino
24 October 2019
14th Pornfilmfestival Berlin
Venue: Moviemento, Berlin
29 November 2019
Athens Festival of Queer Performance
Venue: Fac Venue, Athens
13-15 March 2020
Vidéodrome2 Movie Theater
14 March 2020
QUEER ART(ists) NOW, And What? Queer Arts Festival, London
21 August 2020
Brazen/Brits Shorts Program (UK), San Francisco PornFilmFestival, U.S.
12 March 2022
Eggs and Legs, KINO/Communitism, Athens
Post Pxrn Film Festival Warsaw, Warsaw
A Very Educational Bubble Tea
A Very Educational Bubble Tea Audio Porn depicts a rendezvous of two persons of East Asian origins. Setting in a bubble tea shop in Chinatown London, the story begins with the two meeting on fetish gem platform Craigslist and deciding to meet in person.
Conversations follows a steamy sex scene between the two, which give insights on non-binary identity, sex outside of the mainstream, sex positivity, body positivity and Asian people in the UK.
This piece features East Asian people who refuse to be objectified nor fetishisised, and removes itself from the colonial gaze. It explores diasporic and transmigrant experiences in a modern context.
In this blue wrestling ring, no one seems to be living the presence. Their minds wander around to a deeper consciousness which explores the sexual and suicidal propensities of the human mind.
Length: 6:06 minutes
Language: Cantonese, with Chinese and English subtitles
Director: Yarli Allison
Producer: Yin Lo
Script: Yarli Allison, Yin Lo
Camera: Yarli A, Yin Lo
Set and design: Yarli A
Music: Yarli A, Mavi Haro
Editing: Yarli A
Technical Advisor and Photography: ZDH
Boom Operator: Kris Abdai
Venue supported by Asia-Art-Activism.
Raven Row Gallery, London.
1-4 October 2020
PFF Vienna, Arthouse Vienna and Schikaneder, Vienna
9 October 2020
Online Screening, HOAX Publication , London, UK
21 November 2020
HKLGFF 香港同志影展, Hong Kong
[Online Screening + Talk] QueerAsias: Virtual Cartographies of Desires, London, Asia, Art, Worlds
Paul Mellon Centre, London
Queer Butoh 2022, Vangeline Theater, New York, USA