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Julia Kim Smith

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Julia Kim Smith

Scripts with lettering


Ink, rice paper, linen, wood dowel rods, wire

Julia Kim Smith grew up in Indiana where she experienced frequent racist harassment and slurs–and witnessed her immigrant parents subjected to harassment. Unfortunately, she is not surprised by the rise of hate crimes. Racism has always been there, sometimes under the surface, but still there. We must push back, assert ourselves, and protect our rights.
Her series Receipts calls out and takes ownership of Asian and Asian-American slurs in a series of Asian-style scrolls featuring documented racist slurs received on sales receipts from Chick-fil-A, Hooters, and Papa John’s.
American As Fuck appropriates phrases typically associated with the right-wing and explores the boundaries and intersectionality of what it means to be an American.
Julia Kim Smith, Receipts, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist


Julia Kim Smith, Receipts, 2017; Receipts: Ching-Chong Chick-fil-A, 2017; Receipts: Chinx Hooters, 2017; Receipts: Lady Chinky Eyes Papa John’s, 2017; American as Fuck, 2020. Images courtesy of the artist


Julia Kim Smith is a multidisciplinary artist whose work addresses issues of racism, sexism, misrepresentation, and underrepresentation through traditional and new media. In particular, she is interested in the pervasive influence of the internet and its tools on society and uses both to inform her practice and to question what constitutes truth–and whose truth?

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