When I was in Japan, I rarely considered the race issue because Japan seems to consist of a single ethnicity.... Read More
When I was in Japan, I rarely considered the race issue because Japan seems to consist of a single ethnicity. While in NYC, I was a person in one of a minority group of ethinic. There, I consider the equality of human beings including the difference of race and sex.
I thought that the difference in skin color would disappear when the skin is peeled. The difference between male and female disappears when the muscles are removed. The size of the skeletons is a little different, but when it comes to skeletons, all humans are equal.
Based on this assumption, I made a skull with silk gauze being stiffen it using water-soluble adhesive. When I put hair on it, the skull looked like a woman to me. I found a prejudice that long hair is reminiscent of women.
Through this practice, I realized that the issue of race and gender is interwoven complexly due to our embedded prejudice and conventional thoughts. I also recognized that Japan is not a single race nation. I had been ignoring minorities and I myself had been suffered as a female in a male dominated society.