Welcome to the Asian Pride Project's group photography exhibition Our Portraits, Our Families.
Our Portraits, Our Families celebrates the journeys, triumphs and struggles of LGBTQ individuals and our Asian and Pacific Islander (API) families and communities. Here, the Asian Pride Project team seeks to capture these stories by using photography as a medium for social justice and advocacy in the LGBTQ realm.
We invited panelists from International Center of Photography, Queens Museum, and The New York Times Magazine to join Asian Pride Project in selecting socially engaged artists with experience in the API and LGBTQ communities. By pairing professional artists with individuals & families, our goal was to use art as a means to raise visibility and awareness. Chiun-Kai Shih photographed inspiring professionals breaking the LGBTQ ceiling in creative industries. Alexis Lim, Justin Maxon, Ka-Man Tse, Nelson Chan, and Pete Pin were each assigned family subjects to photograph in the subjects' most familiar settings – often the home. This seemingly straightforward task was oftentimes complex for families; choosing to share their home life was a necessarily conscious act of accepting one's family as it is now, as it once was, and as it might become. The resulting work is a testament to the diversity of the subjects and artists.
We recognize that the portraits here are not definitive by any means. Family is not static; it is ever-evolving in the face of unpredicted revelation and change. What we offer is a small glimpse into the lives of a handful of families. What remains invisible to us as viewers are universal issues, from the little victories in life to our daily struggles. It is in this day-to-day living – openly and proudly – that is most inspiring about the families of Our Portraits, Our Families.
We ask you to view our work as a public call to action, to empower our families and communities to speak out against vocal and silent discrimination, to embrace the beauty in difference, and to expand the boundaries of love and understanding for people of all sexual and gender identities. We invite you to take this opportunity to enjoy these diverse, rich and artistic LGBTQ family narratives.
Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre St., New York, NY 10013
VIP PREVIEW BY INVITATION ONLY
Thursday, June 12, 6:00—8:00pm
EXHIBITION ON VIEW
Friday, June 13 — Sunday, July 13
MOCATALKS: THE ARTIST & LGBTQ FAMILY EXPERIENCE
Thursday, June 19, 6:30–8:30pm