Yunfei Ren (°1987, China) is a Chinese & Dutch visual artist that works with the photographic medium. His work critically investigates identity and the notion of belonging. Through photography, he present identities as fluid and diverse in the context of citizenship, sexuality, and cultural polarization. Exploring the friction between authenticity and construct is central to his thesis. His work was recently exhibited at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.
As a follow-up to NO ASIANS, this series was inspired by the removal of the "race filter" on Grindr (a gay dating app). I cast Asian American gay men from the app to present an authentic version of Asian gay masculinity, free of judgement and stereotypes. The models each brought a personal object or accessory to communicate part of their personality and experience as a Asian gay man in America. By evoking the chiaroscuro style and imitating poses from mannerist paintings, I insert Asian male bodies in the Western art tradition as a means to claim our missing voice.