NO MAN EVER STEPS IN THE SAME RIVER TWICE (2022)
The project explores the changes in gender perception in queer relationships through innovative images and products. Through the combination of ceramics production and queer photography, I aimed to present the deconstruction and reconstruction of self-gender perception.
For current Chinese sexual minority relationships, gender cognitive disorder exists among female queer groups, which may develop a series of paradigms of gender performance. However, my queer experience has inspired my gender perception of non-binary or genderqueer. From my perspective, a body can have a complex and multi-layered presentation of both masculinity and femininity. Specifically, it exhibits an intricate overlap and intermingling of the two genders, which can mutually transform and eternally keep fluid to the grand harmony. In my opinion, identity, sexuality and gender are "illusory", as we are always fluid and cannot be simply "categorized" or "defined".
However, a great many "Queer Photography" works today, on the contrary, use exaggerated makeup and clothing and bare skin to represent the portraits and bodies of the queer group. The original intention of "Queer Photography" was to create a new dichotomy from contemporary visual art to weaken the fixed concepts of identity, eroticism, and gender in images. While current Queer Photography generally frames, identifies, and limits queer's image. The public can only see symbolic, superficial, and politically corrected images of queer, which constructs a new visual bubble.
The images adopted in my project are daily captures of the queers around me and the external projections of my thoughts on queer identity. I aim to break down the identity and portray limitations of the queer group and depict them from their inner selves. The combination of ceramics and image transfer printing records the inner portraits of myself and the surrounding queers. The "image interpretation mechanism" in the three-dimensional object can expand the content perception; the touch experience in the production can make my gender perception "tangible"; the printed images are like "compression" and "projection" on my inner-self experience. My inner exploration of gender is interpreted through the production process and product carrier.