“You play like a girl!”
It’s not the first time she’s heard it. The taunt “like a girl” has followed her at every turn. She witnessed boys throw the phrase around at each other on the playground when she was young, and she saw that the insult made eyes glow and punches fly out. Even now, as she weaves her scooter through the Jing’an traffic, she hears, “Move it! You’re driving like a girl!” She wonders when doing anything like a girl become an insult. She muses that her female body can do everything that a man’s can, and then some. She thinks, “If I throw the ball to home plate, yeah, I throw like a girl. If I kick the ball in the goal, yeah, I kick like a girl.” Every time she steps onto the pitch she feels the blood and adrenaline rush into her XX chromosome-powered body. When her legs outrun the men on the opposing team, she breathes a sigh of relief that she plays like a girl.
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA Laser projection
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2014
EXPOSURE "Adidas Shanghai Flagship Grand Opening”
CREDITS Zhang Tian Yi 张天伦 (performance) • David Keohane (laser animation) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • David Keohane (laser animation) • Anto Lau (video) • Jean Le Guyader (documentation) • Guan Yan 官彦 (production supervisor) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor) • Kathleen McCampbell (author)