JUSTIN J. WEE
Over the last year, I’ve been thinking more deeply about the universe I am creating through my photography; who are the characters, how do they move through the world, what do they care about, what does it feel like to belong here? I love exploring the nuance of personhood, whether it’s through queerness, ethnicity, masculinity, or just the friction of everyday life.
I visited an archive of Asian art last year and, at least as far as photography was concerned, it seemed like the same handful of photographers and subjects were being talked about and published. It made me feel as though a condition of working in a Western culture meant that there would only be a finite amount of oxygen for us Asian photographers to breathe in the landscape. While I loved their work, the subject matter felt consistent across the board and primarily seemed geared towards the notion of ‘demystification’. Though that is valuable, it is tiring to feel that I must be mining my own identity constantly, to try and reveal something that feels ‘new’ or ‘interesting’.
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