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Denis Jeong's Fundraiser:

The Skin Issue Round Two

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BENEFITING: GAZILLION STRONG

EVENT DATE: May 01, 2015

Denis Jeong

THE STORY:

Donate to Help Me Print The Skin Issue! 

Building upon the huge success of last year's The Skin Issue in Gazillion Voices magazine and gallery exhibit at Boneshaker Books, I'm working with Gazillion Strong to remount the older and new images and the accompanying narratives. You can preview all of the pictures in this video: 

https://youtu.be/gNmpdR1ZT5E

Additionally, you can take a look at all of the older images here and see a preview of the newer narratives below. 

The remount exhibit will be at Artspace Jackson Flats (901 18-1/2 Ave N.E. Minneapolis, MN 55418) and the opening night party will happen on Friday, May 1st from 7:00-10:00 pm. (The event will be open to the public, and so please join me for that!) And I'm excited to announce that the exhibit will be a part of the 2015 Art-A-Whirl, which happens on May 15 from 5:00-10:00 pm, May 16 from 12:00 pm-8:00 pm, and May 17 from 12:00 pm-5:00 pm. 

In order to do all of this, I, of course, need to print the images, the narratives, and get them ready to mount for the exhibit, which I need to promote as well. As you probably know, printing and mounting costs are not cheap, and as a working artist, I don't have the money sitting around. 

To accomplish what I want to do, I need to raise $600 and I hope you can help me to do that. The funding will be used to: 

  • print thirty-seven 20x30 size images;
  • print thirty-seven narratives on cardstock paper;
  • mount images and narrarives with small magnets;
  • and print promotional postcards for the exhibit. 

So, please consider giving whatever you can - $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, etc. Any amounts. 

Thank you, and please don't hesitate to contact (denjeo@gmail.com) me if you have any questions.

Denis Jeong

 

 

"Name: Txoov Vaaj (Hmong name) & Chong Vang (Anglosized name)

Age: 23

Gender: Cisgender Male

Identify as: Queer Hmong Thai American Refugee Gaysian Sticky-Rice ProFeminist Sex-Positivist Polyamorist Organizer Activist

Have you always felt comfortable in your skin? 


This is always a question that changes from day to day, environment to environment, and one person to another person. For example, because I identify as a cisgender male, my society creates spaces where male bodies are celebrated and their sexuality are given pride. This means that as a cisgender male, I can have sex with as many people as I desire without the consequences of being slut-shamed and I can show my bare body to the public without having to worry about stares. As a cisgender male, I am very comfortable with my own body because society tells me that I am allowed to be comfortable with my body.

Nevertheless, because I am not just bound to the identity of a cisgender male, being comfortable in my own body is sometimes a double-edged sword experience. Although as a cisgender male, I may have the privilege with being comfortable in my own skin, however, because I do I identify as a gay Asian American, this particular experience clashes with my cisgender male identity. Asian American men are not always perceived to be the ideal image of male masculinity because they do not fit the white cultural standard of being a "true man." So, on top of not meeting the racialized masculine ideal, I am gay identified as well--and we already know where being gay in a male heteromasculine supremacist society is headed. Because of this particular double minority experience, I experience a hyperfeminized reality when I navigate through spaces. I am subjected to both direct and indirect criticism regarding my body (because I am all a queer Asian American male) and it forces me to do things that are contradicting to my own values. For example, I am a vegan because I believe in maintaining a healthy diet for a healthy mind, but at the same time, I would starve myself for days trying to lose more than a couple pounds so I can fit my Halloween costume along with my other gaysians.

I did not start to feel comfortable in my own body until I started taking nude pictures of myself. Through this process, it has allowed me to appreciate my own body even more because I was no longer viewing myself from first person. When we view our own body parts from only one angle, certain body parts' sizes become distorted and appear to be smaller or larger than they are. Then, we make up myths about our bodies from myths we have heard about other people's bodies. It did not seem fair to me to do such great injustice to my body, so I began to appreciate my body for what it is versus what it is not. Although I still have internalized demons I still have to deal with from time to time regarding, I remind myself that I am not just limited to the value of a meat suit, because I have way more to offer than sexualized body parts.

Favorite hobby: 
I love raising pigeons! If I could do anything, I would sit in the loft with them and watch them interact with one another, because they're so fucking awesome! My favorite breed is called, modena, which is a breed that originated in Germany and are very well known for their shape, unique colors & patterns, and diva attitudes - they are known as the pitbull of pigeons.

Something fun about yourself:
Rambutans and mangosteen are my favorite fruits. I will always try anything once and will never do anything stupid twice."

 

"Name: Kim Richard- Kim Eun ok 
Age: 31
Gender: female 
Identify as: Korean American 
Have you always felt comfortable in your skin?

Overall yes, but my confidence comes and goes. There were times, when I was younger, I felt completely comfortable in my skin. I had a confidence that I sometimes, now, wonder where it went. As I grew older I think random discomfort came from normal insecurities any woman would encounter. 

 

I find myself now, more than before, questioning the identity of myself, and trying to be comfortable in my skin. I have a strong relationship with my birth family and I feel it has made a very multifaceted issue within me. I find myself trying to appear and be more "Korean", whether it is my hair color, makeup, clothes, diet, things to appeal to my Korean family and the culture. I always knew, understood and loved being Korean. However, after spending time in Korea every year since I was 18. I find it more difficult to identify myself and be comfortable in my skin. I am Korean but when I'm in Korea, I am not, I am a foreigner. It's a weird feeling being a minority in the states and being a foreigner in Korea. It's a bit disheartening; the one place I thought I would be at peace has caused me more confusion than one would have hoped for."

 

"Name: Stephanie Goethke

Age: 26
Gender: Female 
Identify as: Korean American
 

Have you always felt comfortable in your skin? 

The outright answer is yes, I have always felt comfortable in my skin.  I’ve always known I was adopted.  My dad, our aunts, and others that we knew were also adopted.  It was not and isn’t strange to me that we were adopted (my twin and I).  I feel very lucky that our birth mother chose to have us and that she chose to give us a better life.  I’m fortunate that I landed in Minnesota and that to this day we still have a VHS (now turned DVD) of our arrival to the airport with all of our family and friends there to greet us and welcome us to the USA.  We still celebrate the anniversary of our arrival here.  It is a very special day.

 

Being adopted has made me feel more unique (which you could say is ironic since I’m a twin).  Growing up I was never made to feel different for being Asian.  It honestly never occurred to me that I was a minority.  In elementary school our mom asked if we wanted to go to Korean camp and I said no, I wanted to go to Spanish camp.  That was the language I was learning in school and I wanted to perfect it. 

 

But I did feel uncomfortable (and sometimes still do at times) for my body image.  Girls can be mean and society has images everywhere of the perfect woman.  My family and friends have always been supportive though and helped me see that I am the best version of me.  I’m proud of who I grew up to be and that is thanks to my upbringing.  My GREAT family and friends are who I live for, especially after my dad passed away.  I want him to be proud of the woman I am and I believe he would be!


Favorite hobby:  Hanging with family and friends.  Most of our family lives in MN and it’s always fun when we get together. I also love exploring MN with my friends. 

Something fun about yourself:  I love to journal.  The first thing I would grab if my house was on fire would be my journals.  I also love taking photos.  I like capturing all the memories even if my friends don’t always appreciate it."

 

 

 

 

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