American photographer CYJO (pronounced See-Joe) was previously noted on the international art scene for her stunning pictorial coverage of immigration and her explorations of maintaining cultural identity in the world’s Asian diasporas.
“Mixed Blood” Huang Rierson Family.
Her latest work continues to look at these same issues of identity—but not by looking at the impact of past culture on the present. CYJO’s new series, “Mixed Blood” addresses her favorite topics by using the present to catch a glimpse of the future.
From 2010 to 2013, CYJO traveled back and forth between Beijing and New York City to create a stunning series of portraits of mixed race families. Arrayed in each of their uniquely decorated homes and with their own wardrobe choices, these fantastic families represent not just the future of humanity as one big glorious racial melting pot, but the gorgeous merging of cultural aesthetics and design choice that comes along with it.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau (via Fast Company), self-identification on official paperwork as a member of multiple races is on the rise. From 2000 to 2010, multi-race identification has gone up 32% from previous investigations. CYJO’s work not only breaks down those statistics visually, it illustrates how needless such categorization will (hopefully) become one day.
“Mixed Blood” Doyle Family.
Each portrait is accompanied by a narrative that describes each family’s story: from the history of their cross cultural genealogy and citizenship to the meet-cute of the parents and beyond. The portrait series isn’t so much a documentation of the modern family as it is an anticipation of the future modern family of our increasingly globalized culture.
The Mixed Blood exhibition has been moving from gallery to gallery throughout Asia over the last year and a half, with a brief appearance in the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery. But don’t worry, if you can’t make it to one of the international showings, CYJO and Co. have also turned their fascinating futurespective into a book.
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