The Forbidden Women (student project)

Xiaocheng Chen
Part of the “Letter to Her” project with Asma, my side of the project is a hand-bound chapbook themed on the artistic and literary forms women are forbidden from in China and across cultures, including Peking Opera and writing. Both classical texts and contemporary daily materials such as envelopes and grocery receipts are transformed into space for discussion on gender issues. By selecting only a few words/letters from the text and covering all the others, I made new feminist poems out of the original text. The book is also punctuated with visuals including photographs taken across cultures that speak to readers with different backgrounds.