You Can Call Me F

Photo: Jason Mandella

You Can Call Me F, a solo exhibition of work by Anicka Yi, was an installation doubling as a forensic site. Using bacteria and smell as media, Yi solicited cheek swabs from 100 women in her professional network, incorporating each bio-sample into sculptural artworks that grew throughout the duration of the show. In this body of work Yi explored themes of paranoia centered around contagion, as well as the enduring patriarchal fear of potent female networks. The Kitchen's gallery was made to resemble the aftermath of a pandemic, with quarantine tents containing artworks and diffusers emitting synthesized bacteria, emphasizing the olfactory as invisible form of invasion. This exhibition was curated by Lumi Tan.

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