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Miao

Miao’s Artwork

Miao’s Artwork
Miao’s Artwork
Miao’s Artwork
Miao’s Artwork
Miao’s Artwork
Miao’s Artwork
Miao’s Artwork
YI Artists worked with artist in residence LaToya Ruby Frazier to create photographs that documented their changing neighborhoods, selves, and a variety of public spaces in New York City. Click through for more information about the project. Photograph by Berry Stein
YI Artists worked with artist in residence LaToya Ruby Frazier to create photographs that documented their changing neighborhoods, selves, and a variety of public spaces in New York City. Click through for more information about the project. Photograph by Berry Stein

AIR Project

YI Artists worked with artist in residence LaToya Ruby Frazier to create photographs that documented their changing neighborhoods, selves, and a variety of public spaces in New York City. They examined the effects of advertising on society and the ways that individuals make every day choices. Teens also watched and discussed excerpts from the documentaries Century of the Self and the British series 7 UP to further understand the links between propaganda, advertising, and the ways in which social class affect an individual’s future. 

Miao’s Artist Statement

Growing up, I followed what was considered the norms in society, because that was what was portrayed in the media. I didn’t question it. I allowed the media to form the way I thought. There was a pattern in how race and gender were portrayed: the men were the ones who made the money while the women stayed home to tend the children and to clean. People of different races were portrayed in the media in ways that didn’t always represent who they were, but I didn’t understand that so I assumed things about people.  The media has made me judge people based on their looks and how they speak rather than the message they want to get across.

Picture of my friend: The way this photograph came out surprised me most because she was playing volleyball at that moment. The way the light hits my friend and the way her hair flows make her look different than she normally does. In this image she is girly, but she is often considered a tomboy. Her natural beauty truly shines in this picture. 

Picture of a place I am comfortable in: For the past ten years I have lived on this block, and I consider it home. About two years ago, a few businesses closed down. A few bars and a gallery took their place, changing the vibe of this block. It was once a quiet peaceful block but it became a place for many non-Asians to socialize. The block is often loud and filled with people smoking cigarettes. Coming back to this block, I feel like my home is disappearing. This block has become foreign to me and I no longer have a real home.