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Demarcated Identities are those that were denied an amplification, dilation, expansion, extension. Demarcated is something that was limited, traced, restricted, designed, pointed, checked. Just like an imported product, our identities were brought by the other, from outside, an outside to inside movement that results in identites viscerally constructed by internalized or imposed stereotypes.
Compacted like something that was smashed, compressed, summed up when others point their fingers and name us, summing up diverse identities in one, presuming that they know who we are, what we do, what we like, etc. East asian identities and poc in general, are those who in the perspective of others, can be solely in places already designated. Are those who, towards millions of individuals are condensed to one or other identity, and towards these minimum places that were granted, one lives the myth of being who they are not.
Solo show in 18 Gallery
3 performers, masking tape and projection
The performance lasts around 45 minutes and initiates with the artist’s body all covered up in white masking tape, apart from their eyes and hair. Two performers are dressed up in second skin clothes with the project’s silk stamps. They remove the tapes placed all over their body one by one, and give them to the audience until the artist is almost completely naked.
In this performance, the artist tells a little bit about her discovering journey as a racialized body, common to them and other east asian people. The masking tape is a material used in the so called yellowface practice, a racist practice in which white people use tapes to pull over their eyes to resemble East Asian facial characteristics. Yet, in this performance this material is removed from a racist context to an antiracist context.
Whatsapp Online 1
Interactive installation, notebook and headphones
Whatsapp is an exchanging message software that can be used as a powerful way of archiving and also as a content distributor. In this work, the artist tries to disseminate a little bit of their research, references and process of the installation for the audience to emerge, not only in the installation itself and their perspective of asian activism, but also in other works and point of views of the same subject, that are usually not considered in an academic environment.
For this, they share music stretches(with their link adresses), articles, tweets, photos, screenshots, videos, audio recordings, illustrations, video clips, memes and etc. Demarcating the speech potential through the most diverse forms and ways to communicate. In this interactive work, their references are brought up, and for them to be prolonged, the audience is allowed to answer any whatsapp message from the conversation with their cellphone number, so that, eventually, the artist can directly send them the chosen content.
Whatsapp Online 2
Installation with 11 stickers spread on the floor with AR(Augmented Reality) tecnology
An exchange of voice messages about brazilian asian identities happens with the support of eleven round stickers (25cmx25m). Each sticker carries a different print: Non-place, Invisible, Diaspora, Neutral Partial, Standardize, Cosplay of myself, Deterritory, Supposed Culture, E.T and Phenotype.
This work of art sets up an audio dialogue, equivalent to a WhatsApp voice message conversation, in which eleven distinct people speak about their personal experiences and its correlation to the respective print on the sticker, allowing them to share trapped and unseen issues.
Cosplay of myself
immersive Instalation with VR
The work of art is materialized in a 360-degree video performance that portrays the artist having a self-talk inside of a virtual bedroom. The audience gets to watch the video in VR while laying on the same mattress pictured in the room projection. Right next to them, there is a pulpit full of the artist’s childhood memories, a Mulan toy and a red notebook with the project’s sketches. In the video, while the self-talk goes along, the artist gets dressed over and over again with traditional chinese garments (“Qipao”or “Cheongsam”) worn in many different ways.
Born in Japan, the act of cosplaying is a practice in which people get to dress up like animation characters, but is also a denomination used to stereotype and label yellow people, regardless of their actual country of origin. “Cosplay of myself” highlights the nonconformity to this erroneous denomination of people. If cosplaying is a manner of dressing up like a character, then this character is nothing other than her true self.
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