Disobedient Daughters


Pixy Liao, Red Nails, 2014, c-print

4 – 21 April 2018 at Metro Arts, Brisbane. Exhibition opening Wednesday 4th April 6pm. 

Disobedient Daughters is a group exhibition that brings together the works of nine female artists and artist collectives to critically examine stereotypical images of Asian women in a global context. The exhibition features works by Australian and international artists Mihyun Kang, Gwan Tung Dorothy Lau, Pixy Liao, Janelle Low, Andy Mullens, Ma Qiusha, Sad Asian Girls, Sancintya Mohini Simpson and Zoe Wong, curated by early-career curator Sophia Cai.

The artists in this exhibition work predominantly with photography and video to playfully examine the interplay between race, gender, sexuality and societal expectations. Through a particular focus on portraiture or self-portraiture many of the exhibiting artists challenge visual tropes of Asian women, and their continued objectification and/or exoticism in popular media. While not purely autobiographical, many of the works are derived from introspective encounters and personal narratives, blurring the boundaries of public and private life.

Some of the works in the exhibition are bold, others are more quiet, but together the artists in Disobedient Daughters offer a diverse and nuanced perspective on themes of everyday relations and individual life as it relates to a ‘Asian female experience.’ The exhibition does not seek to define what this experience might be, but instead hopes to offer new perspectives and possibilities for the future.