Self Inverted – Pangfei 2019

As the acceptance for gay rights and representation continues to grow, especially in the Western world, there still exists a stigma among many societies. Such exists among members of the gay community in contemporary China. Palpable for gay Chinese individuals is the common struggle for visibility and truth in expressing oneself against filial expectations and cultural criticism. Influenced by a cultural experience that encourages introspection and discourages standing out, a majority of gay Chinese have yet to come out fully to families.
Self Inverted is a series of portraits of gay Chinese individuals shown in negative form representing, and respecting, the participants’ wishes to not come out “completely” to the public. Through color inversion presentation, participants become less recognizable and “protected” from the cursory view of passersby. The negative images simultaneously provide participants a safe space to mediate between a positioning of visibility and concealment.

Self Inverted – Hanyu 2019

As the acceptance for gay rights and representation continues to grow, especially in the Western world, there still exists a stigma among many societies. Such exists among members of the gay community in contemporary China. Palpable for gay Chinese individuals is the common struggle for visibility and truth in expressing oneself against filial expectations and cultural criticism. Influenced by a cultural experience that encourages introspection and discourages standing out, a majority of gay Chinese have yet to come out fully to families.
Self Inverted is a series of portraits of gay Chinese individuals shown in negative form representing, and respecting, the participants’ wishes to not come out “completely” to the public. Through color inversion presentation, participants become less recognizable and “protected” from the cursory view of passersby. The negative images simultaneously provide participants a safe space to mediate between a positioning of visibility and concealment.

Makeup Tutorial 2018

Makeup Tutorial invites three participants who identify as he/him to discuss the act of putting on makeup while doing it at the same time. Through a three channel video, questions around the reasons of doing make up, as well as subjects relating to gender, national & cultural identities are raised .

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Junlin Zhu

China

http://www.junlinzhu.com

朱俊林 Junlin Zhu (b. 1994 in Mianyang, Sichuan, China) is a visual artist working primarily within lens-based mediums. The theme of his work centers on his intersectional identities of being gay and Asian, along with an inspection of the idea of mainstream versus other (insider/outsider).

With a personal interest in facilitating diversity, and an understanding of the importance of anti-hegemonic representation, his work aims to provide a sphere for Asian faces and bodies in the visual world. Junlin holds a BFA in Photography and Imaging from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Junlin lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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