ORIENTAL FUTURES | ZOE WONG
Opening | Friday 21st June 5pm-8pm
Exhibition Dates | 22nd June – 5th July
Boxcopy acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we operate and pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging. We extended this respect to all First Peoples
Oriental Futures | Zoe Wong
Oriental Futures is an exhibition exploring the oriental setting that is apparent in sci-fi cinema, particularly that of Blade Runner (1982) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017). This series aims to reconcile the use of ‘Asia’ as decoration within predominantly white storylines by highlighting its appearance and making it central to the images. By placing herself in the images the artist assumes these futuristic asian stereotypes to question her own identity in relation to how asian culture is perceived in Western cinema.
Zoe Wong is an emerging Sydney based artist. Her practice explores her half Chinese, half Australian heritage as well as her queer identity through photographic appropriation and installations. Her work illustrates the complexities behind the influence that pop culture has on society’s notions of race and identity and how we perceive ourselves through representation in mass media. Wong describes her practice as a “De-Orientalising” practice in which she works to break down and critique notions of the East presented in a Western context.
Documentation by Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer