This volume comprises of five sections. The Interview is a discussion between author and artist and their influences and motivations, the Survey looks at the artist's work in historical and contemporary context, Focus is an analysis of a single piece of the artist's work, Studio Visit brings you into the artist's creative space and Artist's Writing gives further insight into the artist themselves.
In the Interview Hou Hanru discusses the artist's influences and motivations, and the dramatic changes that affected contemporary Chinese art over the past two decades. Wu Hung's Survey offers a deep insight into the historical context in which Yin's work developed, from painting to her public actions in the streets of Beijing and the second-hand clothes sculptures that would eventually become her signature pieces. Stephanie Rosenthal focuses on Collective Subconscious (2007), a minivan commonly referred to as xiao mian ('little loaf of bread') that the artist stretched out and converted into a place for conversation and discussion. For the Studio Visit, Yin's practice is documented by fellow artist and partner Song Dong. Artist's Writings include a selection of Yin's previously unpublished texts, including About Clothes (2000-02), One Sentence (2011), as well as a conversation with Song Dong and Lilly Wei (2011).