See You Next Tuesday in Florence , 2023
60 x 42 x 1 in (h x w x d)
1500 USD
Acrylic on canvas
for sale

Eye contact in Pacific Islander culture is intimate or meant as intimidation, depending on the situation, so not breaking the tension with a simple hello or kind words is a recipe for trouble. In short, if someone is making prolonged eye contact, it means one of two things:

They either want to fight or f*ck. Either way, it's a dumb way to ask to catch these hands.

As a Chamorro (Micronesian) woman living in Italy, I've noticed an uptick in the number of times I catch Italian women staring at me while I eat in restaurants, often seeming to be seething with rage - and it takes a lot of self-control to not respond to the apparent aggression with Island flavor.

As a new resident here in Tuscany, I wasn't quite sure what to make of the staring. Was it just a cultural difference? Surely Italian women don't mean to create an atmosphere of aggression with a complete stranger, right?

Wrong.

It turns out that staring is just one of many microaggressions I've experienced here. In this case, it's how Italian women glare at me while I'm eating in restaurants or just existing in public spaces. It's how I get cut off in a grocery store line by an angry, nicotine-saturated boomerette with a little dog because she can't direct her lack of satisfaction at her husband and chooses the route of xenophobia to channel her rage at a foreigner. It's how the postwoman screams at me because the landlord didn't label the doorbell, but I can see that just getting laid or an edible will solve a lot of her problems. Think of "Malena," where an entire town shuns Monica Bellucci's character as a newcomer in town during WWII. My version is just weirder, and I like to fight.

In this piece, “See you next Tuesday in Florence,” I intend to illustrate the microaggressions, racism, and unconscious bias that I experience as an Islander living in Italy. Despite the ugly moments, I refuse to be defined by them. Instead, I'm going to just hit record and upload the next incident to TikTok.

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