Michael Wang invited a cast of models to the opening of a solo exhibition in 2013. These models represented a future world in which racial distinctions have blurred to the point of equilibrium. Wang worked with a casting director to select only models whose complexion matched a current “global average” skin tone—a specific color calculated with the assistance of biological anthropologists and a computer-imaging specialist. In a nearly invisible performance, these uniformly bronze models mixed among the other gallery-goers. Extending the logic of assimilation to its ultimate conclusions, they are a vision of a future, perfected humanity: 21st century globalization’s answer to 20th century eugenics.
Image rights: Image provided by La Napoule Art Foundation
About Michael Wang
American, b. 1981, Olney, Maryland, based in New York, New York