2018 Becoming White


In Becoming White, she choreographs happiness as migrant affective labor. Jocson looks at the performance of happiness as labor by constructing the figure of the Disney Princess Snow White. The work involves performance, archival materials, video and sound installation. This choreography finds resonance in the migrant affective labor of Filipino workers in Hong Kong, which is inscribed in within relations of race and global spectacle. She explains, “Disneyland Hong Kong, a’happiness’ as their daily labor. Excluded from the main roles that are reserved from specific racial profiles, they are assigned anonymous supporting roles such as a zebra in Lion King, a coral in Little Mermaid, a monkey in Tarzan.


Becoming White was produced for Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 and Cultural Center of the Philippines 13 Artist Awards 2018.

Becoming White has been part of the following group exhibitions:

RAM Highlight: Princess Studies, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, 2018

Motions of this Kind, The Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, UK, April 2019

Courses of Action, Parasite, Hong Kong, June 2019