Visual Art

Untitled Analog Portraiture

Models: Ayesha Bashir, Akanchya Maskay My name is Xiao (Smile), class of 2023, studying literature and photography. I shoot mostly portraitures or civilizations with the depiction of people, as for now, my purpose of creating art is for my love for people. By building relationships with my models and audiences, I learn about the world, different

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YUAN: A study in curry, class, and community

YUAN: A study in curry, class, and community” is my attempt, as a fourth generation Malaysian, at reconnecting with the land I live on and the people I share a home (and heritage) with. In doing so, I journeyed through my country’s colonial history and indigenous peoples (Orang Asli), talked about traditional cooking ware and

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Dictation of Memory

This series of miniature paintings explores the role of objects in fostering nostalgia. The instinct to protect cherished objects is nothing new in our consumerist age. ‘Memory objects’ are conceptualized as belongings that elicit deliberate or involuntary memories of one’s culture and history. For me, these objects represent Pakistani culture in relation to its colonial

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The Price of Being Captured

This photo series addresses the checkered past of photojournalism by attempting to disarm The West’s conditioned understanding of people from the Middle East and South Asia as either exotic or religious extremists. This inaccurate portrayal by Western media homogenises and dehumanises these people by denying their intersectionality, thereby promoting racist stereotypes. The most famous example

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The Only Virus Present is Your Racism

This work expresses my feelings to xenophobia relating to the coronavirus. I finished this work in the beginning of March, when the virus starting to hit the United States. Hostility behaviors towards other people because of their racial identity can tear our humanity apart. Being racially Asian, I was hurt and attacked by some strangers

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