Perth Modern School

Perth Modern School student Jubilee Chan has had her digital print artwork, Hollywood:

Reimagined in Colour
, selected to exhibit in the prestigious 25 Under 25 art exhibition. This annual event, run by the City of Fremantle, showcases only 25 works from artists under the age of 25.

For 16-year-old Jubilee it is an incredible achievement especially considering she originally wanted to study Italian but instead changed at the last minute to Visual Art.

Jubilee said her inspiration for her artwork was recent events in Hollywood with the yellow face controversy and what she saw as the whitewashing of film characters. She said she had noticed a lack of women of colour playing strong lead character roles in Hollywood movies.

‘I believe Hollywood has a bad history of erasing women of colour identities and really marginalising

them and not giving them the spotlight,’ Jubilee said.

‘Because I love film so much I decided to take the iconic film posters of Stars Wars: A New Hope, Citizen Kane and La Dolce Vita and replace the traditional white male actors that dominate these types of films with women of colour in order to show that they can be strong leaders and strong characters too.’

‘By purposefully excluding actresses based on race and gender from films, it is strongly suggesting that certain ethnic groups aren’t seen as fit for Hollywood’s idyllic society.’

Her art teacher, Sarah Eve, said Jubilee’s artwork is a powerful statement addressing Hollywood and the lack of roles for women of colour in this industry.  ‘I am so proud of her talented conceptual ideas and her practical skills in creating not just one but three large scale detailed digital paintings,’ Ms Eve said.

‘She is to be highly commended for all her artistic achievements and well and truly

deserves the public recognition for her hard work.’

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