In Familiar Stranger, Lin uses her grandfather as the central protagonist to challenge myths, memories and propaganda within family and public archives, despite their implied authority and reliability. The project also examines the concept of a family home, in spite of migration and immigration of family members.

In this project, Lin pieces his life together by re-imagining and re-interpreting oral histories, publications, family and public archives and random findings from the internet. She combines family photos, public archive, found images online and sewing to create photo montages and 3D photo objects, as well as creating a dummy photo book.

Cindy Lin is a Taiwanese American still life photographer. Her personal work deals with social subjects inspired by identity shifts, race and gender, often expressed through still life and food in studio settings.

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