Am I Beautiful?

This project is about researching and translating how people formulate Chinese new beauty standard by using everyday life item to do body measurement. For example, ‘A4 Challenge’ : use an A4 paper as a refer to measure your waist width, if you put the A4 in front of your waist and the 210mm side can fully cover your waist then you challenge is success.

Affecting by the idea of ‘A4 Waist’, I’ve thought about the standard of Chinese female beauty. If there is requires and standards for female’s body as they using A4 paper as a reference substance. If there is standard for the idea of being beautiful? Who is the standard made for? Based on my reflected on phenomenon of body showing challenge, I made ‘Am I beautiful’ project. Through this project I aim to discuss and explore my speculation of beauty standard, also, question about the demands and judgements on female from the society, besides, cognition and identification to being a female.

‘Am I beautiful’ showing a time travel scenario through display different objects in 3 boxes. From the object showing what real existed in history to now days online body challenge till the beauty trend in future.

As a female, who can answer me this question:

Am I beautiful?

受到A4腰挑战的启发,引发了我对于女性审美的标准的思考。A4的规格来源于国际标准化组织ISO, ISO的宗旨是“在世界上促进标准化及其相关活动的发展,仪表与商品和服务的国际交换,在智力、科学、技术和经济领域开展合作。” 使用A4纸作为参照衡量身材,是否说明女性身材存在标准和要求?而美丽的定义是否存在标准?标准是谁制定的?基于对现象的思索,做出了“我漂亮吗”这个作品。通过作品,探索和探讨对美的思考,社会对女性角色的要求和评判。女性对自我身份的定位和认知。

“我漂亮吗”通过三个箱子展现时空穿越的情形。从历史真实存在的物品到现代网络上的挑战现象再到对对来的虚构幻想推测。三个盒子的内容物分别为1、基于史实存在的莲鞋;2、现代年轻人在社交媒体展示用与测量的参照物日用品;3、对未来美的标准趋势推测展示的赛博人的时尚杂志。

三个盒子从过去到现在再到未来的虚构情节,每个盒子代表的都是不同的对女性美的标准和评判。既然标准是流动的是变化的,对于标准的这个概念还存在吗?美有标准吗?社会对于女性角色有标准评判吗?女性自身对自我存在有标准评断吗?

作为一名女性,谁能给我权威的定义,谁能回答我的问题:

我漂亮吗?

Am I Beautiful?
Am I Beautiful?
Am I Beautiful?
Am I Beautiful?
Am I Beautiful?
Am I Beautiful?
Am I Beautiful?
Am I Beautiful?