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Molly Wu: Reclaiming Color

Reclaiming Color

Molly Wu

This is a study on women’s self portraiture and racial identity. My friends and I have always worried about our skin looking too yellow or dark. Uncanny yellow skin tones have been branded by offensive caricatures. In this work, I used photos taken by the subject, allowing that subject to be the director of the story and reclaim yellow in their own terms.

I wanted to celebrate the power of the color and reimagine Asian people's relationship with yellow. Fetishization and objectification have largely been defined by others rather the the subject of the treatment. By giving control back to the subject, the subject represents themselves exactly how they see themselves.