In a new film from our New York Close Up series, sculptor Jes Fan creates elegant installation works that quietly question our most fundamental assumptions about gender, race, and identity. Fan’s personal experiences—moving from his native Hong Kong to the United States, growing up queer, and transitioning—have profoundly shaped his artistic practice. “Maybe it is triggering the similar experiences of being racialized or being gendered,” says Fan of handling the materials injected into his work. “It’s just a disposition that you’re constantly placed in—a constant act of othering.”
This is the first in a series of five new Art21 films premiering throughout Spring/Summer 2019.