MENGWEN CAO, 28
BORN: Hangzhou, China
RESIDES: New York, NY
EDUCATION:International Center of Photography
CLIENTS: The New York Times, Mashable, Sina, Posture Magazine
AWARDS/GRANTS: Magnum Foundation Fellowship
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I am exploring the in-between space of race, gender and culture identity as well as how we define ourselves within the context of family. We are used to see stories of extremes but the nuance and complexity is lacking. Under current social climate, it’s almost impossible to talk about love without serious reflection on power dynamics and identity politics.
I hope we can all acknowledge the existence of stereotypes and privileges, then actively unlearn problematic prejudices and come up with solid actions to amplify each other. We can form more collectives and create databases of talents from marginalized community but the industry needs to provide more opportunities for us.
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