Guanyu Xu | Chicago IL, USA


Short Bio:
徐冠宇 Guanyu Xu (b.1993 Beijing) is an artist who received BFA degree in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently based in Chicago. He was the recipient of the Fred Endsley Memorial Fellowship, the finalist of Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship and the the finalist of Luminarts Cultural Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship.

His works have been exhibited internationally including the Aperture Foundation, New York; the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins; New York Photo Festival, New York; The Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago; Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana; Embassy Tea Gallery, London, and others. His works have been featured in numerous publications including Aint-Bad Magazine, Musée Magazine, Der Greif, and China Photographic Publishing House.

What is your work about?
In my project, One Land To Another, I present my personal journey in the United States in a half documentary/ half fiction narrative to examine the intersectionality of race, sexuality, and citizenship. I intersperse self-portraits of my staged death and American landscapes with images in which I perform acts of intimacy with other gay men. The presence of my Asian gay body disrupts the dominance of queer aesthetics which privilege a narrow, white, “masculine” homonormativity. Ultimately, the project offers an alternative representation of Asians that is seldom found in the mainstream.

How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?
It’s a process of thinking and privilege my process of staging images. The resulting image quality provides the capacity of life size print as well as the detail that digital censor cannot capture.