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Ava Yikun Xu: Metamorphosis





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Friday, 21 July 2023 to Friday, 4 August 2023
Friday, 21 July 2023 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Chinese American Arts Council/Gallery 456 is pleased to present Ava Yikun Xu: Metamorphosis, on view from July 21, 2023 through August 4, 2023.

The exhibition explores the complexities of representation and challenges societal norms. Through her thought-provoking work, Ava delves into the fetishization of Asian women and offers a fresh perspective on female identity and empowerment.

In Metamorphosis, Xu takes a bold approach to deconstructing and materializing female body parts that have long been objectified and sexualized. By stripping away their conventional sexual connotations, she presents these body parts as weighty, textured objects, imbued with a new sense of agency. Through this process, Xu disrupts ingrained narratives and prompts viewers to critically examine the ways in which women, especially Asian women, have been historically portrayed.

The exhibition invites viewers to engage in a dialogue surrounding representation, gender, sexuality, and cultural identity. Xu's art acts as a catalyst for contemplation, encouraging introspection and questioning of prevailing assumptions. By challenging societal norms and exploring the multifaceted layers of identity, she invites viewers to reconsider their own perspectives and preconceived notions.

Metamorphosis is a transformative experience that merges critical inquiry with visual aesthetics. Through her skillful use of materials and meticulous attention to detail, Xu invites viewers to encounter the human form in a new light—one that transcends objectification and celebrates the complexity of the individual.

Opening Reception: Friday, July 21, 2023, 5-7PM

Gallery 456
456 Broadway, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013
Elevator Accessible

Hours: M, W, F, 1-5pm

Chinese American Arts Council's Gallery 456 Visual Arts Exhibition Series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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Ava Yikun Xu (b. 1998, Chengdu) is a dynamic artist who resides and creates in the vibrant cities of Boston, MA and Queens, NY. With a powerful academic background, she holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Xu's artistic practice delves deep into the exploration of female representation, particularly focusing on the fetishization of Asian women. Through her evocative and multi-dimensional creations, Xu provides a fresh and compelling perspective on gender, sexuality, and cultural identity. Her art encourages viewers to question prevailing narratives and assumptions, inviting them to engage in a nuanced dialogue surrounding the complexities of representation. By skillfully intertwining critical inquiry with visual aesthetics, Xu's work not only captivates the senses but also sparks essential conversations about empowerment, agency, and the varied experiences of women.

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456 Broadway 3Fl

New York, NY 10013

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