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Identity aperture : self-portraits, genealogy, and ohter archives

Author: Yuxiang Dong
Publisher: [Rochester, New York] : Rochester Institute of Technology, 2016.
Dissertation: M.F.A. Rochester Institute of Technology 2016.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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"As a foreigner in the United States, I need a passport, I-20, and visas to provide the answer to a very simple question: who am I? This body of work grew out of this urgent curiosity about identity. Meta-cultural and meta-biological factors like race, gender, and nationality give me a certain identity without me asking for it. However, I tend to forget the fact that my identity is negotiable and is constantly being  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Artists' books
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Yuxiang Dong
OCLC Number: 957360708
Notes: All the contents of the thesis are encased in a handmade wooden box lined with black velvet. The three booklets are hand bound in Japanese style sewn bindings and are held in their indentations in the box by black ribbons, as is the set of folders. The box is 38 x 31 x 4 cm when closed and has metal clasps and a wooden carrying handle.
There is a typographical error in the word "other" on the title page. It is repeated at the head of the abstract.
Description: 3 booklets : illustrations (some color) ; 8, 15, and 15 cm + 1 set of nested manila folders containing slides, photonegatives, prints on rice paper, color photographs, and black and white and color prints + 1 10-page typescript booklet in manila folder (30 cm)
Contents: Contents of nested manila folders: Collection FDR-PHOCO: Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Public Domain Photographs, 1882-1962 --
Record Group 44: Records of the Office of Government Reports, 1932-1947 --
Military Order and Map --
Slide Film --
Record and Publicity of Teleplay Production, State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television --
Collection FDR-PHOCO: Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Public Domain Photographs, 1882-1962 --
Record Group 469: Records of U.S. Foreign Assistance Agencies, 1942-1963 --
Snapshots --
Record Group 338: Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter), 1917-1999.
Other Titles: Identity aperture :
Responsibility: by Yuxiang Dong.

Abstract:

"As a foreigner in the United States, I need a passport, I-20, and visas to provide the answer to a very simple question: who am I? This body of work grew out of this urgent curiosity about identity. Meta-cultural and meta-biological factors like race, gender, and nationality give me a certain identity without me asking for it. However, I tend to forget the fact that my identity is negotiable and is constantly being negotiated around and inside me. At a certain point, I realize that in order to understand the man I have become, I need to re-encounter my journey through life with the particular and unique experiences that make up the life of an individual. A single photograph can exist simultaneously as art, object, evidence, document, and historic record. Front-facing photos are required for numerous ID documents as proof of identity. However, there is no single layer of identity, but rather multiple and converging identities. The choice of myself as a subject provides me with an opportunity to deeply investigate the issue of identity from a personal point of view and expand my exploration to encompass ancestry, country, and global view. Correspondingly, photography plays a very important role in my work, but this project is not limited to this medium. I also adopt various documents, family photos, and appropriated images from TV series -- different in style and intent from my own pictures -- and gather everything together to make an associative manifesto of self-identity. This kind of connection is loose, but each photo, document, and object becomes context to understand the other subject. The result functions as a demonstration of photograph's ineffability, its power to construct identities, and makes my singular exploration relevant for a broad audience."--Abstract.

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