Us and Them

Us and Them #

from the series Panoptic Segmentation
2023, Self-Published Poster, edition of 150
Riso print, 59.4 x 42 cm.

In The Image World, Susan Sontag differentiates Chinese and Western photography under a rather aleatory range of nuances. When discussing Western photography in her essay, she employed the pronouns we, us, and our; and, subsequently, when referring to Chinese photography, the pronouns they, them, and their. I realized that, under her written voice, I was one of them; I was repeatedly sentenced to not belong. The truth is, at times, possibly more often than I myself realize, I feel closer to that which she refers to as an us, than I do to her them. Maybe it would be more accurate to say I feel I exist between those categorizations, those of us and them. I grabbed my edition of On Photography, and scribbled on top of the pronouns employed in her referring to China with those she used for the West.

image of ladder
Us and Them, 2023


image of ladder
Us and Them, Installation View at MoA 23, Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland, 2023