Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya’s We Are More public art campaign celebrates the expansive diversity and individuality of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in New York City and around the country. It responds to and rebukes the harassment and violence that has become increasingly severe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The titular work in the campaign is a direct address to the bigoted and confining stereotypes of Asians and Asian-Americans in popular culture; other works ask questions both poignant — “When will we stop feeling afraid?” — and pointed — “When will you love us like you love our food?” Still more feature vibrant portraits representative of defiant and proud Asian American and Pacific Islander New Yorkers. Phingbodhipakkiya juxtaposes rich tones and energetic shapes with the language of sorrow and anger to show that despite what AAPI people have faced in New York and elsewhere, they remain undeterred and steadfast members of the cities they call home.
Addressing anti-Asian racism in our city, artist, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya seized the moment, creating portraits of Asian people with the wording, I Am Not Your Scapegoat and This is Our Home Too. The project, entitled ‘I Still Believe in our City’ is a series of 45 individual pieces of artwork, located in this cities busiest places ~ subway stations in Brooklyn.
Congratulations to Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya for making the cover of Time Magazine, The Story Behind Time’s Cover on Anti-Asian Violence and Hate Crimes, March, 2021.