Covid Clean, 2021,
60 x 190cm
The photographic series Covid Clean is a symbolic self-portrait that confronts the racial remarks towards Asian appearance and identity during the Covid19 pandemic. Racial comments of Asians perceived as ‘unhygienic’, ‘dirty’, and the virus itself as ‘yellow peril’ were heavily circulated in Australian media. These comments are harmful, divisive and only stimulated the racism that lie dormant in our society. This series not only challenges xenophobic attitudes and the Anti-Asian sentiments by showcasing its lack of truth to reality but also moves towards empowering ones Asian identity. As a subject of the series, Andrea Srisurapon harnesses her vulnerability and weaponises her body. Ultimately she is not an object that can be labelled; she is a Thai Australian woman defining her identity.