Artist Drue Kataoka curated nine works from notable Asian American artists who range from rising newcomers in the NFT space, scientists and researchers advancing crypto technology, special effects veterans in the entertainment industry and Silicon Valley art entrepreneurs.
In an interview with NextShark, Japanese American artist Drue Kataoka discusses her newest project, which aims to raise money for racial justice and fundamentally challenge the future of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs).
The images Kataoka shares range from unpleasant to disturbing. She lists them with ease: “‘Japanese crap girl’ or ‘fat nerdy chinese kid and his imaginary friend’ caricaturing the Asian male as weird and socially awkward — a stereotype that, alas, has been reinforced for decades by Hollywood. The African American community has also been a major target of [American graphic artist Michael Joseph Winkelmann’s (known online as Beeple)] over the years with drawings with titles such as: ‘It’s Fun to Draw Black People,’ ‘Black Dude’ and ‘Robot Girl discovers 20th century black dildos (and then it’s on like donkey kong).’ I’ve lost count of the degrading ‘pussy’ images.”