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Riya’s upbringing in the cultural cocktail of Hong Kong played a significant role in her interest in making a social commentary on China and its ever-changing relationship with the West. Although the title for the series, Communism vs. Capitalism, conveys the opposition between the two ideologies, Riya aims to illustrate how they ultimately (and ironically) come together in China, due to its rapidly growing economy fueled by production, and a growing consumer market concerned about status and ‘Western’ images. Several of Riya’s pieces reference this cultural and economic blend of East and West, contrasted against China’s strict censorship laws that separate the two entities.

Riya currently aims to investigate and comment on her native country, India, and its state of affairs, with particular regard to women.

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