Book (Dictionary of Psychoanalysis) series I / 一本精神分析辞典 系列之一
The photos of our bodies try to confuse the boundaries of femininity and masculinity: some of the photos are hard to tell from whose body, while others have gender-nonconforming poses - an intention to blur the lines of any gender. The close-ups of body parts are catering all the gazes from all genders, which is related to Mulvey’s idea of voyeurism and scopophilia. However, at the same time, these close-ups are also dodging any gaze by concealing the sexes and genders of the subjects and revealing confusing parts of bodies, which can be regarded as blocking voyeurism or scopophilia.
Meanwhile, our bodies create obstructions over Freud’s words, which makes the audience hard to read the text. The photos cancel the text’s authority and meanings, as well as confront and force the viewers to look at them. On the other hand, some of the photos were intentionally cut out or put into certain positions, to reveal some of the text, which makes us (the artists/subjects) become the dominator of our own work. Moreover, the artists’ Chinese/Asian identity is used to pose questions on the Western academia’s biases and exclusions (in this case, psychology) towards minorities in the U.S. and cultures from other parts of the world.