Lu Lin


Lu Lin (1992) is a self-publisher and socially engaged artist born in China, currently living and working in Arnhem (NL). As a self-publisher in the field, she utilizes artistic approaches to deconstruct the complexity of safe spaces and explore their socio-political and cultural factors in relation to marginalization, drawing on intersectionality, feminism, and queerness. Through the involvement of social practices, her works are motivated by the alienation experienced in this era of fluidity, showcasing how different aspects of everyday life contribute to identity formation and discrimination. Her work takes various forms, including publishing practices, video essays, workshops, installations, and performances, all of which emphasize intimacy and collectivity. To maintain a strong connection with people, she integrates her research into pedagogical practices and artistic presentations within marginalized communities, aiming to foster a more engaging and thoughtful society.

To explore the basic needs of humankind—food, shelter, and clothing—as the fundamental basis of a safe space, she initiated projects such as Homesick Restaurant, What About Pocket as a Safe Space, Not Just a Collective, and Reading My Panties.


2019 — 2021

MA, Critical Fashion Practices
ArtEZ University of The Arts, Arnhem, NL.

2011 — 2015

BA, Fashion Design
China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, CN.





Westwerk Hamburg, Ministry of Culture and Media, Hamburg, GE. (January to March, 2024)


Co-transpose, Dikaia, Greece. (July)

Febrary to March

VHDG, Leeuwarden, NL.

Screenings, Performances & Workshops


[Forthcoming] “Reading My Panties” (reading session), From where I stand, Asian Feminist Studio for Art and Research, Berlin, GE


“Reading Reading My Panties” (performance), Garage Cafe#2.1, Garage Rotterdam Festival, Garage Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL


“Reading Reading My Panties” (performance), In Het Klad, Dit Doen Wij Ook Collectief, This Art Fair, Amsterdam, NL


“Reading My Panties” (reading session), Waardevol, FDFA’22, Rozet, Arnhem, NL


“Reading My Panties” (reading session), Beyond Identity, Dona Daria x Rotterdam Pride, LantarenVenster, Rotterdam, NL


“Homesick Restaurant: #4: We are there and here ” (workshop), Arcadia Art Festival 2022, workshop, VHDG, dbieb en Bruze, Leeuwarden, NL, supported by Over de Drempel


“Reading My Panties” (reading session), Asia Film Festival 2022, Cinemasia, Studio/K, Amsterdam, NL, supported by Dona Daria


“Disclosed Diary” (video screening), Digital Flux Symposium: Towards a common imagination, Non Native Native x The One Minutes, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, NL


“Reading My Panties” (reading session), W139 Hosts…, W139, Amsterdam, NL


“What about Pockets as a Safe Space?” (video essay), Art Research Work Conference Entanglements of Research Practice, organised by  Studium Generale and APRIA Journal Platform at ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, NL


“Safe Space Matters” (publications), Zine Camp 2021, WORM, Rotterdam, NL
“Disclosed Diary” (screening), TOM LOVE W139, STAMPA, W139, Amsterdam, NL


“Disclosed Diary” (video), The Power of Transparency, The One Minutes, Huis de Pinto, Amsterdam, NL


“Disclosed Diary” (video) We Are Here In New York In My Home, The One Minutes, premiered at Het Nieuwe Instituut (online)



(Forthcoming) “Reading My Panties: a collective manifesto” (zine), Feminist Zine Exhibition, exhibition & publication, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, GE (group)


“Reading, my panties” (installation), Waardevol, FDFA, installation, Rozet, Arnhem, NL (group)


“Reading My Panties” (installation), W139 Hosts…, W139, Amsterdam, NL (group)


“Reading, my panties” (installation), Camp Queer, FOEF X WIEBERT, Hubert, Nijmegen, NL


“What about Pockets as a Safe Space?” (installation), Greater Less, Greater More, ArtEZ Graduates exhibition at the Dutch Design Week, Klokgebouw, Eindhoven, NL (group)


“How to read A Magazine Reader 04” (installation), A Place for clothes in context on display, organised by Warehouse Platform, San Serriffe, Amsterdam, NL (group)


“Safe Space Matters” (installation), Fashion’s Interplay, ArtEZ MA Critical Fashion Practices Graduation Show, Arnhem, NL (group)



Reading My Panties: A Collective Manifesto (self-published)


A Magazine Reader 04 (co-editor), in collaboration with Femke de Vries, supported by ArtEZ University of the Arts and Warehouse Platform


JOIN Collective Conversation (co-editor), in collaboration with Anouk Beckers, supported by ArtEZ University of the Arts and Warehouse Platform



“If You are in, You Will Understand: A New Dress Code on TikTok is Reframing Lesbian Teens’ Safe Space”, Special Queer & Porn Issue of Fashion, Style & Popular Culture, published by Intellect Books.


“What About Pockets As A Safe Space?” (co-writer alongside Alessandra Varisco), APRIA Journal Platform,


“If You are in, You Will Understand: A New Dress Code on TikTok is Reframing Lesbian Teens’ Safe Space” abstract, Fashion, Style&Queer Culture Publication, published by Intellect, ISBN: 978-1-78938-514-4. DOI:


 “Facing Myself” (editing by Chet Julius), FEATURED,

Panel/ Lectures


“Ontwerp Platform X Numéro Netherlands x FDFA’22” (panellist), Ontwerp Platform, Arnhem, NL


“What does artistic research look like within ArtEZ?” (panellist),  Academic Symposium hosted by APRIA Journal Platform, ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, NL


“Femme and gender non-conforming artists/designers Panel” (presenter), organised by cc: Platform, ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, NL


“A Place for clothes in context on display” (panellist), Warehouse Platform at San Serriffe, Amsterdam, NL


“Fashion, Style&Queer Culture Conference” (guest presenter), virtual symposium, Drexel University & Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Philadelphia, US.



Mondriaan Fonds, Artist Start, NL.


 Stimulerings Fonds (Creative Industries Fund NL), Experiment Grant Scheme, NL.


Firestartfonds, Schakel 025, Arnhem, NL


Artist Fund by Radboud Research & Impact, Arnhem, NL.


Over de Drempel / Artist Fund by Leeuwarden Fryslân 2028 (LF2028)
Leeuwarden, NL.


Holland Scholarship / Financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science



Guest lecturer, MA Practice Held In Common, ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, NL


Guest lecturer, MA Critical Fashion Practices, ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, NL

Supported by Leeuwarden Fryslân 2028, 2021/2022, Over de Drempel.


Design and web development: Marie Madonna

Typefaces: Kanit by Cadson Demak / League Spartan by Matt Bailey and Tyler Finck / Destra by Cédric Rossignol Brunet