Crowd of Lanterns
digital prints, mixed media instillation
Often, we know ourselves from an outside perspective that is grounded in how we are depicted in photographs. Photographs act as mirrors of ourselves in the form of an object, and this mirror allows us to understand how we look and how we may be perceived by others. A person’s identity visually presented by their body has social and political implications, implications that don’t necessitate truth. These pieces attempt to create an alternative narrative for myself and participating viewers about mixed race identity and the representational objectification of photography. The work refracts visual identity by dismantling images and rearranging them into lanterns. The lantern, an object of everyday function, of clarity, and of cultural celebration, is used as a way to re-frame these fractured photos and further their visual complexities.