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I'm Lena Chen, a writer, activist, and media producer who's been called a "skank" (by Bill O'Reilly) and "a small Asian woman" (by The New York Times). My favorite part of my workday is the hate mail.

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If you find yourself in Brooklyn, I’ll be attending + modeling tonight at the opening reception for Look at Me Now, a Pratt Institute show featuring several women MFA artists, including Patrick’s sister.

Here’s the program:

Women live in a borderland between public and private. Their bodies are considered objects of desire, ready for consumption by the public gaze but also political, shameful and dangerous. Their minds are designated as the keepers of nostalgia, of family memories and the domestic sphere, yet this perceived capacity for intimacy and sentimentality contains explosive power as well as being rife with contradiction. These seven artists confront the female gaze and its perception of memory, (dis)comfort and nostalgia, whilst examining the contradictions and power inherent in these seemingly “soft” forms of artistic sight.


Psst … want to volunteer with me? We could use a model or a photographer (or a model-photographer) at tonight’s reception. Shoot me a line at lena [at] lenachen [dot] com.

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