Historically, the Asian Femme Body is coded as silent, submissive, invisible yet hypersexualized, and without agency. Outside of motherhood and domesticity and sexual deviancy, there were few realms attributed to the Asian femme within the American imaginary. Yet, the artists of Not Your Model Minority challenge these assumptions by inserting their own narratives and lived experiences.
kumar subverts the Western male gaze through the language of BDSM and kink, Lee explores themes of ability, injury, and healing in athletics, Akireddy reflects on the weight of her name, and huang inserts her avatar, the Chinese cowgirl, amidst the white, male-dominated space of the Cowboy Artists of America. How is the Asian femme body depicted as it traverses these spaces? Where does the power lie—in the viewer, the artist, or subject, or beyond?