Leftovers for the "Leftover" (2021)
“Leftover women” is a popularised derogatory term initially coined to describe unmarried women above the age of 27, regardless of their educational and professional achievements.
Research shows that "left-over women" shaming was originally a well-orchestrated institutionalised narrative to pressure single women into marriage, in order to increase the decreasing birth rate and stimulate purchases of family properties in the real estate market.
Notably, red is the traditional choice of colour for wedding gowns in my heritage culture and the choice of this colour for my outfits represents personal strength and self-love, in the celebration of one's singlehood and personhood, yet confronted by societal forces that impose otherwise.
(20 March 2020)