Society of 23 (class picture),   2008. Inkjet photograph.

Society of 23 (class picture), 2008. Inkjet photograph.

My artwork is a mashup of concept and kitsch that critically examines the construction of a personal American identity. By casting myself as the subject of my artwork, a gay American man of Filipino ethnicity becomes the protagonist of a postcolonial queer narrative. I appropriate controversial current events and pop culture headlines into my stories to create theatrical self-portrait photography, videos, performances, and installations. My ambitious and complicated projects are injected with humor, love, and tragedy, and ultimately celebrate this contemporary world of race, gender, faith, and sexuality.