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.
Over the years, as gender equality movements have been pushing the envelope globally, “leftover women” shaming is still prevalent in various societies. It is undoubtedly regressive to isolate single women with such a degrading label.
Research by numerous sociologists and anthropologists 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.
As the dynamics between individual freedom and societal forces is a perpetually intriguing topic for me, I decided to explore this particular topic about “leftover women” shaming in the form of performance art on 23 January 2021.
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.