Me Love You Long Time (MLYLT) at Boston Center for the Arts

Date: March 2013
Skills: Writing
Client: Artscope Magazine

Boston, MA – Beginning at the entrance to the Mill’s Gallery, the Boston Center for the Arts’ new exhibition, “Me Love You Long Time (MLYLT),” features contemporary art created since the 1990s by artists from Southeast Asia and the United States. The dynamic display incorporates multiple videos and large-scale installations, along with everything from conceptual art to representational oil paintings.

Curated by Edwin Ramoran and organized by the Newark-based Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, the exhibition’s title borrows its name from Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 film “Full Metal Jacket,” set during the Vietnam War. In the movie, prostitutes solicit two U.S. soldiers by saying, “Me love you long time.” In a more direct way, this exhibition examines the powers of colonialism and its relationship to sexuality, along with sexual captivity’s influences on pop culture and its manifestations in hip hop music.

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