4 — 21 April 2018, Metro arts brisbane
Artists: Mihyun Kang, Gwan Tung Dorothy Lau, Pixy Liao, Janelle Low, Andy Mullens, Ma Qiusha, Sad Asian Girls, Sancintya Mohini Simpson and Zoe Wong.
Curator: Sophia Cai.
Catalogue essay: Michelle Law.
Disobedient Daughters was a group exhibition that brought together the works of nine female artists and artist collectives to critically examine stereotypical images of Asian women in a global context.
The artists in this exhibition work predominantly with photography and video to playfully explore the interplay between race, gender, sexuality and societal expectations. Through a particular focus on portraiture or self-portraiture, many of the exhibiting artists challenge visual tropes of Asian women, and their continued objectification and/or exoticism in popular media. While not purely autobiographical, many of the works are derived from introspective encounters and personal narratives, blurring the boundaries of public and private life.
Some of the works in the exhibition were bold and loud, others are more quiet and subtle, but together the artists in Disobedient Daughters offered a diverse and nuanced perspective on themes of everyday relations and individual life as it relates to a ‘Asian female experience.’ The exhibition did not seek to define what this experience might be, but instead hoped to offer new perspectives and possibilities for the future.