Why is it rude to slurp noodles, when slurping is the way to savor the flavor? Why is eating with our hands a faux pas? Why don’t we eat every part of an animal?
Once ashamed of her parents' eating manners, Shawna X was inspired to make the work in F*** Your Manners when she discovered her deeply internalized guilt and shame in connection to her relationship with her parents, her perception of their seemingly obvious foreignness, down to their eating manners.
F*** Your Manners is a renewed appreciation of mannerisms deemed foreign and rejected by the Western Gaze. This body of work asks you, the viewer, to evaluate their internalized biases.
Thank you A/D/O
Photos by Collin Hughes