Welcome to Exotic Temptation®, this year's H+ | THINK SMART.LOVE FREE.® advocacy campaign, editorial shoot, and full-length documentary surrounding exotification and fetishization. 

H+ | Education Director Yvonne Chow as "The Lotus Blossom"  Photography Credit: AK47 Division® | Make-Up Credit: Mia Varonne of Make Up For Ever Academy

H+ | Education Director Yvonne Chow as "The Lotus Blossom" 
Photography Credit: AK47 Division® | Make-Up Credit: Mia Varonne of Make Up For Ever Academy

EXOTIFICATION IS A FUNCTION OF THE WHITE MALE GAZE IN WHICH ANYONE THAT IS NOT OF THE DOMINANT CULTURE AND THE DOMINANT GENDER ARE CONSIDERED "OTHER." THEIR "OTHERNESS" IS A TOOL NOT OF CELEBRATED UNIQUENESS, BUT A TOOL OF DISEMPOWERMENT AND REDUCTION TO A SPECTACLE OF THE "EXOTIC".  FETISHIZATION, RELATIVE TO RACE, IS AN EXPRESSION OF EXOTIFICATION IN WHICH A PERSON IS OBSESSED OVER THROUGH A CULTURAL ASSUMPTION AND DEHUMANIZED TO A 1-DIMENSIONAL, FANTASIZED, "RACIAL IDENTITY". 

H+ | Demi-Soloist Nicolas Carra as "The White Male" and H+ | Executive Director Porshia Derival as "Saartjie Baartman"  Photography Credit: AK47 Division® | Make-Up Credit: Andrea Mazeura

H+ | Demi-Soloist Nicolas Carra as "The White Male" and H+ | Executive Director Porshia Derival as "Saartjie Baartman" 
Photography Credit: AK47 Division® | Make-Up Credit: Andrea Mazeura

As exotification and fetishization work in tandem in our patriarchal infrastructure to oppress women of color, this year's advocacy campaign is our modern embodiment and homage to the centuries of objectification of the female body. 

H+ | Demi-Soloist Nicolas Carra as "The White Male" & H+ | Anna Kuzmina as "The Platter" Photography Credit: AK47 Division®

H+ | Demi-Soloist Nicolas Carra as "The White Male" & H+ | Anna Kuzmina as "The Platter"
Photography Credit: AK47 Division®

Starting with a key figure, Saartjie Baartman, whom was an African woman captured to be a subject at human zoos in the 19th century because of her large buttocks...

H+ | Executive Director Porshia Derival as "Saartjie Baartman"  Photography Credit: AK47 Division®

H+ | Executive Director Porshia Derival as "Saartjie Baartman" 
Photography Credit: AK47 Division®

TO '"SUZIE WONG," A CHARACTER FROM THE MOVIE "THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG" THAT BECAME A WESTERN PROTOTYPE FOR THE EXOTIC SUBSERVIENT ASIAN WOMAN TO THE WHITE MAN. 

H+ | Demi-Soloist Nicolas Carra as "The White Male" and H+ | Education Director Yvonne Chow as "Suzie Wong"  Photography Credit: AK47 Division® | Make-Up Credit: Mia Varonne of Make Up For Ever Academy

H+ | Demi-Soloist Nicolas Carra as "The White Male" and H+ | Education Director Yvonne Chow as "Suzie Wong" 
Photography Credit: AK47 Division® | Make-Up Credit: Mia Varonne of Make Up For Ever Academy


to Josephine Baker, whom was an iconic Black female dancer of the 20th century known for her unabashed and sexually-free dancing...

H+ | Associate Artistic Director Yasmine Fequiere as "Josephine Baker"  Photography Credit: AK47 Division® | Make-Up Credit: Andrea Mazeura

H+ | Associate Artistic Director Yasmine Fequiere as "Josephine Baker" 
Photography Credit: AK47 Division® | Make-Up Credit: Andrea Mazeura

to the female prostitutes of a brothel in Thailand called "Fish Tank"...

Ting Lin & H+ | Education Director Yvonne Chow as "Fish Tank Prostitutes" Photography Credit: AK47 Division® | Make-Up Credit: Mia Varrone of Make Up For Ever Academy

Ting Lin & H+ | Education Director Yvonne Chow as "Fish Tank Prostitutes"
Photography Credit: AK47 Division® | Make-Up Credit: Mia Varrone of Make Up For Ever Academy

this year's campaign requests of us to peer deeper into the institutionalized racism that deeply influences today's oft-perceived "preferential" dating culture of the 21st century. 

 

H+APPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

To join our H+ | Advocacy Think Tank, email thinksmartlovefree@hdcny.org !

Credits: 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Safi Thomas 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Yvonne Chow, Porshia Derival, Yasmine Fequiere 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: AK47Division®

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: H+ | Theater Of ThE Mind® {TOTEM®}

DIRECTOR OF CINEMATOGRAPHY: Anna Kuzmina

MAKE-UP ARTISTRY:

Mia Varrone of Make Up For Ever Academy for Yvonne Chow and Ting Lin 

Andrea Mazuera for Raphaela Riemer, Porshia Derival, Yasmine Fequiere

COSTUMING: Tatter(deux)malion

SUBJECTS: 

Nicolas Carra as "The White Male", H+ | Demi-Soloist

Yvonne Chow as "Suzie Wong" and "Fish Tank Prostitute", H+ | Education Director

Porshia Derival as "Saartjie Baartman", H+ | Executive Director

Anna Kuzmina, as "The Platter," H+ | Demi-Soloist

Ting Lin as "Fish Tank Prostitute" 

Raphaela Riemer as "The Piece of Meat," H+ | Resident Choreographer   

Yasmine Fequiere as "Josephine Baker," H+ | Associate Artistic Director 

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Maria Fraguas Jover