Sonia   KWEK

Project: Hymen Instinct Do women have a right to an erotic experience of life? Sex is often used to police women’s bodies. This project thus seeks to break open those ‘taboo’ moments of sexual awakening for a woman (when a woman has her period and when a woman orgasms), through exploring and subverting the presentation of society’s two extremes of a sexualised woman (virgin and whore). 

Through this project, I also seek to re-understand femininity & feminism through my own lived experience as a Singaporean Chinese/ Southeast Asian female. I reference Chinese mythological female figures and writings/images on women from the canon of Chinese literature/ legends, to examine how they might have shaped how we form our roles, desires and life journey. What exactly is the ‘Chinese Feminine’ ideal, and have we truly understood it? Do we want to move away from that ideal, what are the alternatives for our bodies to aspire towards? To what extent is femininity a biological, cultural or social construct?