BERLIN, let's discuss! Dandy Diary's and König Gallery's racist and fetishized party!
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As a member of the Asian Community, it has been brought to my attention that there is a need for an open discussion about racism, fetishization and cultural appropriation. Recently, an image was used by Dandy Diary to promote an event for Berlin Gallery Weekend hosted by König Gallery and funded by YSL Beauty. The image and text written are offensive, racist, a fetishization and of cultural appropriation.
I ask for Johann König (König Gallery), a YSL Beauty representative, Jakob Haupt and David Roth (Dandy Diary) to host an event that allows them to openly discuss and debate the grounds of the material chosen to promote the event. They have currently taken down the image and apologized for "hurting our feelings". I want to educate the people within the society we live in so that one realizes that it is not as simple as "hurting our feelings". It's about how clearly unaware the people who work within one of the most culturally important contemporary art galleries in Central Europe allowed for an event like this to be promoted.
The initial response to community concern about this event was “What’s the big deal?! It makes Asian women look sexy!” Fetishization is the combination of sexual prejudice and power. Through this power, you define what is the "other" in society. You define our worth... but what is worth when all you see is my outer-being.
So, I ask for your support to request that Johann König, YSL Beauty, Jakob Haupt and David Roth organize a time and space for an open discussion and debate about this issue.
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