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From the Earth Rise Radiant Beings transforms figures from 18th and 19th century Orientalist paintings, to silhouettes painted in the palest yellow hue. The figures reject their sexualized and submissive origins. They are recast; the forms are given agency, weaponized, and engage in acts of self-love. The paintings examine how gestures can both refer to and reject oppressive epistemologies. Bodies emerge out of silk anamorphic shapes, cradled by the uncanny silhouettes. The works are a type of Asian futurism, born from the violent histories descended from Orientalist ideologies; and the trauma, strength and love transcending transnational and generational boundaries, to create narratives of resistance and autonomy.
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