My lens-based practice focuses on Asian American female identity and the racial and gender-based violences faced when caught in between two different cultures. Through the use of traditional East Asian objects, I explore my ethnic identity in relation to an American context. In America, these objects are mass-produced, cheaply priced, and ornamental. I use these objects to bring importance to them and connect them back to their roots. At the same time, I subvert the stereotypes that come with the white Americanized and Eurocentric perspective these objects carry. These stereotypes are not only reflected through these objects, but are more widely reflected in the ways that Asians are represented in American mass media. In my work, I concentrate on my Asian American female identity through food, body image, and fetishization. I display the violences against Asian females because these violences never end and are rarely spoken about. Though my work is largely based on my experience, I hope that my work can connect and inspire other women of color to share their stories and resist the stereotypes and violences forced upon us.
Kat Liu received an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2018. Her prior Bachelor’s experience in photography and art comes from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been published online and in print by Sad Asian Girls Club and Chrysanthemum: Voices of the Taiwanese Diaspora. She lives and works in Illinois as a photography teacher to teens, undergraduates, and adults.