Inferiority Complex

47 Canal Gallery, New York
16 December 2017

10 min, performance in the dark

Inferiority complex, a state in which one persistently doubts one's own self worth. It is thought to drive afflicted individuals to either overcompensate, resulting in a ravenous drive for perfection and over-achievement, or a dull sense of inadequacy and helplessness. Tieu’s performance investigates the relationship we might have with our selves and our culture as something that is based on the socially familiar as well as the identity of the other; observing the bastardised and despotically twisted ways we flagrantly experience cultural hierarchies and marginalization in the art world, while at the same time practicing forms of resistance from within it.