The representation of queer bodies is a site of incredible tension in many countries worldwide. While the visibility of individuals who identify as queer has certainly increased in the recent decades in the United States, there remains the question of stereotyping as well as a relatively low visibility of queer people with intersectional identities. In the artist’s country of origin, Singapore, positive depictions of queer individuals are outright banned by the state.
Investigating the connection between queerness and personal power, dependent on each subject’s individual response to the question of what personal power is, this project is a retaliation to the idea that queer representation should be either relegated to stereotypes or dispensed with altogether. This series constitutes a profoundly political assertion of the personal resilience of queer people, in their desire for positive representation in cultural climates of oppression and intolerance.
Mx. is a project that explores the question “what, exactly, is gender and why are only two genders so widely acknowledged?”
This body of work represents images of individuals who identify as gender nonbinary—a gender identity that lies beyond the normative confines of ‘male’ and ‘female’. This project relates to queer theory and post-structuralist notions of self in that it calls the heteronormative gender binary into question, by viewing it as a social construct.