Yunfei Ren (°1987, China) is a San Francisco-based 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. 

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Each RV park is a microcosm of American culture and family dynamics. Suburban families who vacation during the summer mingle with the poorer rural residents who live permanently on the parks. On a documentary level, the series touches on themes of parenthood, masculinity, and growing up. On a conceptual level, the images capture as much about the subjects as they reflect the viewers. Through the series, I explore the friction between knowing that some of our preconceived notions are almost certainly true (while some are not) and the inability to verify them without truly meeting the subjects.

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Many black women grow up being told that in order to be attractive and presentable, they need to tame their hair. Kinky, coily, dark hair is deemed undesirable and less than. Beyond a subject of fashion and attraction, hair is political. In the legacy of the Négritude and Black is Beautiful movements, I present a contemporary imagery of the Black struggle and empowerment.

Exhibited at the inaugural de Young OPEN
October 10, 2020 – January 31, 2021



"Do you have a small dick?"; "Are you submissive?"; "I love how smooth you are!” In the gay online dating world, the prejudice and fetishization of Asian men continue to propogate under the veil of anonymity. This series is my protest against these prejudices. By objectifying the objectification, I disempower it with ridicule.


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