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No Hurt, No Scar

No Hurt, No Scar

Loc Nguyen

Opening 03.10.18 6-8pm
Artist Talks 25.10.18 6-7pm

Asian male bodies undergo violent erasure and displacement under the pressures of white homoerotic culture. “No Asians” and “No Rice” are phrases commonly used in digital gay cruising and dating spaces. Acts of racialisation and sexualisation have influenced different gay Asian men to negotiate, construct and perform their bodies whereby the representation of their identities can be positioned alongside white gay masculinity. Some Asian men share headless torso pictures of themselves as a way to gain desirability before revealing their racialised faces. Within these pornographic spaces, the gay Asian male body becomes dissected as a way of disguise.

No Hurt, No Scar explores gay Asian male sexuality and (un)desirability within the interpolating representation between pornography and the everyday. Through documentary modes and intimate monologues collected from interviews with different gay Asian men, multiple voices reveal how gay Asian male bodies and identities become fragmented under racialisation. These faceless men offer their individual experiences, which become stitched together to form a small part of the collected gay Asian male fabric, and the struggles some share within mainstream white homonormativity.

Read exhibition essay here.


Loc Nguyen (b. 1996) is an emerging artist based in Sydney working across video, sound and performance. His practice explores the relationship between the human body and machines, often looking to the cyborg as an investigation into how racial and queer identities have been shaped through digital technologies and pornographic cyberspaces. Nguyen is currently studying his Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) at UNSW Art & Design. He has exhibited and performed with spaces such as Kudos Gallery, PACT Theatre, Performance Space as part of their 2018 Stephen Cummins Queer Development Program, and was also a collaborator with dLux Media Arts for VIVID 2017.

Earlier Event: September 5
Later Event: October 11
Art Education Panel