This site features a curated list of selected works by Hawaii-born and raised New Media Artist, Jen Goya / Jennifer Goya-Smith.

Goya Can

Jennifer Goya
Goya Can, 2008
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Goya Can is an animated GIF self-portrait. The can’s facade mirrors a certain famous brand of food, replacing its canned contents with a lesser known vegetable (bitter melon) known as ‘goya’ in the Okinawan dialect. The packaging and selling of ‘Goya-Bitter Melon’ is in reference to the occupation of Okinawa by the U.S. military for over five decades. The perversion of marketing an exotic vegetable symbolize the normalcy of colonialism.