闭嘴 Shut Up, 2016

 © Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez, 2018

© Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez, 2018

Exhibition view
Se aculilló?: Groundhog Day. Providence, RI. February 1-4, 2018 at Trade Pop-Up
Curated by Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez and Kat Chavez

The characters say "闭" and "嘴," which together mean "shut up." The way this type of paper cut usually appears is with the character "囍," which is quite directly associated with matrimony. I associate "shut up" with marriage as well as what I'm expected to perform as a Chinese American woman in flattened model minority stereotypes.

 © Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez, 2016

© Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez, 2016

Exhibition view (Anger and Authenticity, curated by Yellow Jackets Collective at BUFU 2016)
Photo by Benjamin Lundberg