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.

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