Racism is the Virus
About the Work
A photographic series, Racism is the Virus (2020), discusses the vapid disease of racism which persists through the generations. The Japanese text sculpted from porcelain remains unfired and submerged into a bath of water till its disintegration. The text reads “racism is the virus” in Japanese, and the title acts as the translation. Mikami makes a conceptual scrutinisation informed by repeated personal encounters with racism. During the time of Covid-19 the prevalence of racism is highlighted in the continually globalising world and countries like Australia, which the work speaks to
About the Creative
Lili Mikami is a Meanjin (Brisbane) and Yugambeh (Gold Coast) based visual artist who examines identity through the duplicity of her mixed socio-cultural background in Australia. Mikami’s work uses her lens as a Japanese-Australian with lived experiences in each country and the Philippines as catalysts to the exploration of culturally linked experiences, memories and gaps in cultural knowledge. To dissect her ideas, Mikami recontextualises text as well as traditional Japanese items by contemporising and fusing western and Japanese influences. Mikami utilises ceramic sculpture, mixed-media, textiles, and text, presented as installations, photography, and video. She selectively uses cultural, sentimental, and traditional items and mediums to guide making.