“I Am Not Your Scapegoat”: Artworks Denounce Increasing Anti-Asian Bigotry #ArtTuesday
In New York City alone xenophobic harassment towards Asian and Asian Americans has increased multiple times over. The public art project “I Still Believe in Our City” combines powerful images with real facts on discrimination and bias.
Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, the Publci Artist in Residence at the Human Rights Commission, addressed this concerning phenomenon with an ad takeover of the Atlantic Avenue subway station in Brooklyn. Titled “I Still Believe in Our City,” the public art installation celebrates New York’s diversity with a series of 45 panels featuring vibrantly colored portraits of Black, East Asian, and Southeast Asian residents of the city. These portraits are accompanied by anti-discriminatory messages like “I did not make you sick,” “This is our home too,” and “I am not your scapegoat.”
“Despite being confronted with anti-Asian bias and rhetoric, Asian and Pacific Islander [API] New Yorkers continue to fight for our city, for our neighbors, and for justice,” Malalis continued. “Amanda’s art gives us something beautiful, moving and celebratory when we need it most and it encourages API New Yorkers to remain visible and proud.”
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