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23 Sept 2022

The final weekend in Cabbage’s month-long takeover of French Street Gallery concludes with Skin Flicks, an exhibition of work by MV Brown and Chao-Ying Rao. Sharing an interest in the definitions of personhood through the lens of objectification, digital existence, and authenticity, the artists will exhibit new work developed over the past six months.

MV Brown’s work examines transhuman digital existences, where multiple versions or interpretations of oneself sit within a metaverse of identity. Exploring the world of deepfakes and selfies, Brown describes her new work as a “camp display of digital selfhood”, and brings into question the reality of an authentic self - how do we present ourselves digitally and how do others perceive, through their own biases and viewpoints, the different personas we create?

Chao-Ying Rao’s work also examines representations of the self. In this new work, she dissects the persistent fetishisation of Asian women through collaging and reviewing memorable moments in Western culture. Questioning the ideas of the ‘Asian mystique’ and how it manifests in popular culture, Rao examines how the legacy of orientalism continues to manifest in spaces both physical and digital.

MV Brown would like to thank Saturn Akin at Intertidal Objects for their 3D support throughout this project and also Danny Buksh at GSA Sim Vis. Chao-Ying Rao would like to thank Hannan Jones for sound support and remixing, and Psion Satori for trusting her with the dolls!

This exhibition is the conclusion to a six month period of research and development by the artists, supported by Cabbage through its Resilience Programme. In addition to funding, the programme offers tailored support to its artists from Cabbage's artist led team. This year, this included Critical Friend sessions with Liv Fontaine and Nina Mdwaba, a Captioning Workshop from Sean Patrick Campbell, and exhibition making support from Jenny Tipton and James Jimbo.
The exhibition forms part of Cabbage’s Resilience Programme, which is concluding with a month long take over of @frenchstreetglasgow with different artist exhibitions and events each weekend in September.

Opening hours:
Friday 23rd 6-8pm, featuring live performance from Chao-Ying Rao.
Saturday 24th - 10am - 5pm
Sunday 25th - 10am - 5pm

The venue is wheelchair accessible and is a five minute walk from Dalmarnock train station.

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