Statement & Bio
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Through the mediums of photography and video, I explore my identity as a plus-sized Taiwanese-Chinese American woman. Performing in front of the camera, I navigate racial and gender-based violence and stereotypes that have been inflicted on me. My work addresses the complexities of the Asian American experience by concentrating on themes of body image, cultural assimilation, and fetishization.
Asian representation in the media or on-screen was nearly non-existent when I was growing up. When I did see some form of representation, we were made a mockery of and exoticized. In film, East Asian women fall into the Dragon Lady or China Doll tropes. The first is deceitful and domineering, while the second is submissive and passive. Though these tropes are on the opposite of two extremes, they share a common thread of hypersexual and objectified depictions.
The camera has so often misrepresented Asian women. In response to these misrepresentations, I use the camera to take back ownership of these tropes in order to subvert the narrative of the trope itself. Adorning myself in oriental-inspired clothing and accessories, I take on the role of the “perpetual foreigner”. In becoming a familiar construct, my goal is to disrupt these notions in order to humanize Asian American women and the wider Asian American community.
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 (2013) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2016). Her lens-based practice is fueled by topics surrounding self-identity as an Asian American woman. Her work has been published online and in print by Sad Asian Girls Club, Chrysanthemum: Voices of the Taiwanese Diaspora, and Sine Theta Magazine’s Issue 8 “GOLD (金)”. Her work has been exhibited at Hyde Park Art Center and Agitator Gallery in Chicago. She lives and works in the greater Chicagoland area as a photography teacher to teens, undergraduates, and adults. She is the manager of Pixelcharge Photos, a commercial photography business in collaboration with her partner. They specialize in advertising, events, portraits, fashion, and lifestyle photography.