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Stephanie J. Williams

born Washington, DC 1981

Pinoy/Ploy

2016

Stop Motion Video (color, sound)

Runtime: 5:58

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Synopsis

“PINOY/PLOY explores stereotypes found in American food culture as well as the appropriations of the foods of marginalized communities. The main protagonists are balut, half-formed fermented duck eggs that are considered a delicacy in the Philippines. The loose narrative unfolds in a kitchen, where the balut come alive and dance featuring cast Precious Moments figurines, Aunt Jemima Syrup, and Uncle Ben’s Rice. The work calls attention to the mainstream acceptance and prevalence of racial caricatures in popular culture, unpacking understandings of “American” identity at a moment when fusion and foreign cuisines have become popular in restaurants and homes across the US.”

—Connie H. Choi & Hallie Ringle, The Studio Museum of Harlem

Biography

Stephanie J. Williams is a tinkerer and doodler. Her work primarily navigates hierarchies of taste, unpacking how “official” histories are constructed in order to understand contemporary social coding and the world around us. She received her MFA in Sculpture from RISD, has shown in Fictions, part of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s F-show exhibitions, as well as with Washington Project for the Arts, The Delaware Contemporary Museum, Grizzly Grizzly, |’sindikit |, Greater Reston Art Center and the Walters Museum as a Sondheim Finalist (2019), with residencies at Williams College (2021), the Corporation of Yaddo (2018, 2020), VCCA (2016), ACRE (2015), Elsewhere (2014), Wassaic (2014), School 33 (present) and Vermont Studio Center (2006). Recent projects include a Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Fellowship (2020), Seamless: Craft-based Objects and Performance at Rutgers (Camden) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum Women Filmmakers Festival. She currently teaches stop motion for Maryland Institute College of Art.