top of page

Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles

mulanmakeup-new-22 (1).jpg

Curated by Yu Cheng-Ta


Hou Chun-Ming

River Lin

Luo Jr-Shin

Su Misu

Sebastian Hernandez

Mutant Salon in collaboration with Experimental Half Hour and Project Rage Queen

Opening Reception:

February 22, 7 pm

Opening Performances by

River Lin and Sebastian Hernandez

at Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles 

Special Screening& Performance Party

March 2, 7 pm - 12 am

Presented by

Yu Cheng-Ta, River Lin and Mutant Salon

at Human Resources


Mulan, Make Up! is a multidisciplinary exhibition combining film screenings, a visual arts exhibition, and a series of performances. Through starting a discussion about the appearance of gender and the body in a contemporary context, the exhibition seeks to investigate the politics of the body from a global mindset.


Hua Mulan is a well-known figure from Chinese literature who famously took her father’s place in the army by dressing up as a man. For Mulan, Make Up! Hua Mulan acts as a symbolic figure to open up societal stereotypes and dispel the traditional binaries of yin and yang, spirit and body, hardness and softness, thereby pushing self-identity beyond the two-dimensional framework of gender. The phrase “Make Up!” comes from the popular Japanese comic book hero Sailor Moon, who recites her catchphrase “Moon Prism Power, Make Up!” to transform into her crime-fighting alter ego. Like Sailor Moon, the ego can transform itself into an alter ego through makeup as an outward expression of inner desire. This is a process of capturing transitory and flowing states of gender, as well as a journey towards finding the illusory self.


Artists invited to participate in the exhibition create works in which they use their own bodies to contemplate the concept of transformation: the possibilities of transcending culture, historical traditions, gender identity, and the symbolic imagination of the body. Furthermore, the works offer consideration about how to maintain individuality in today’s state of excess mediatization in which the body has been liquified, giving us an opportunity to examine the meaning of life and existence within a society of consumption where desire has already died.














Curated by 



Special Screening


Performance Party 

March 2,

7 pm - 12 am

Mulan Make Up! Sound Track by

Betty Apple (TW)


Follow this Exhibition on

Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles

1137 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

bottom of page