In light of the pandemic, the pre-existing dysfunction within many systems and their leadership are magnified and racial, gender, and class inequalities exacerbated. The yellow woman’s body, historically rendered either invisible or as “object,” is now catapulted into hypervisibility amidst xenophobic questions of contagion, virility, and a history of scapegoatism.
Asian women occupy a precarious racial embodiment within their art practices and Western contemporary art, regularly experiencing institutional racism and tokenism. Their presence within the art world often produces a racial wedge between whiteness and other people of color.
In conversation with Pearl C Hsiung, Maia Ruth Lee, Astria Suparak, Stephanie Syjuco, Hồng-Ân Trương, and Christine Tien Wang, host stephanie mei huang invites all to hear from six Asian women artists on reckoning with a racialized and gendered spectrum of visibility, moving through their practices with and of yellow embodiment, and the possibility of racial (or transgressively, non-racial) alternatives.
stephanie mei huang is a Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artist. Her work finds its roots in globalization and the role of displacement in changing perceptions of nationhood, loss, and identity. Through research and practice, she aims to erode the violent mythologies that perpetuate expansionist narratives, in the hopes of fabulating adjacent histories. She uses a diverse range of media and strategies including film/video, installation, sculpture, writing, and painting. She recently completed her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts (2020). She will have solo exhibitions at 4th Ward Project Space in Chicago, IL and Hauser and Wirth Book and Printed Matter Lab, Los Angeles, CA in the coming year.