Yunfei Ren (°1987, China) is a Chinese & Dutch artist based in San Francisco. 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.
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.