江峰 Jiang Feng
Photo by Maddie Blackhurst
江峰 Jiang Feng is a non-gendered and multi-disciplinary artist working across-genres in movement/dance, theatre, performance art, voice, text, modeling, film, photography and theory. He attained her B.A. in English and Chinese literature from National Taiwan University in 2016. In 2019, they graduated with an M.F.A. degree in Performance and Performance Studies from Pratt Institute. They are the receiver of the R.O.C. Government Fellowship to study and research dance abroad and “Grants for 20-40-Year-Old Writers” from Ministry of Culture in Taiwan. In September 2019, her new work "臺彎 Bent-Tai(www)" won the "Genuinely Fringe" award, the third prize, in Taipei Fringe Festival.
His performance works have been presented at various venues, including Itinerant Performance Art Festival, Movement Research at the Judson Church, "Thinking Its Presence" conference hosted by the University of Arizona, Exponential Festival, Dance Research Forum Ireland, HOT! Festival at Dixon Place, New Work Series at Tada! Theater, Gibney Dance, La MaMa Galleria, Waxworks at Triskelion Arts, BAAD!, Hudson Guild Theater, and Odyssey Dance Theater in Singapore. Furthermore, their works have been shown in Germany, Bulgaria, and Hungary in various artistic scenarios. In Taiwan, she has worked with emerging choreographers Shiou Fen Li and KoYang Chang, and has performed at the National Theater and Concert Hall, NTU Center for the Arts, Nadou Theatre, Treasure Hill, Venue, amongst other venues.
In 2018, they were selected to be the performer of the work “Wall-Floor Positions” in the MoMA retrospective "Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts."
The fundamental inspiration for my work is love, its beauty and complexity, while thematically, my work revolves around gender, sexuality, and race. I create artwork as a process for healing and questioning and draw on theory from (non-)academic works because I expect myself to be an artist and thinker.
The ideology of my works is "Family-unfriendly."
This series juxtaposes the torn and dirty USian flag with the naked bodies of all genders, races, sexuality, nationality, and cultural backgrounds to capture their vulnerability, emotions, and strength, critiquing the United States as the dreamland and shelter for all humans. Moreover, I am interested in the body, not some mainstream beauty. I encourage people all to model nude because I am not interested in censoring any specific body parts. If they are part of the body, they deserve to be seen/there.
In 2016, I departed from Taiwan to New York City, United States. Back then, I still held my precious "USian Dream," which was inspired by the TV series "Sex and the city" and later proved to be a total disillusion. I experienced much blunt and subtle racism during my three years there. Toward the end of the last semester, I decided to leave the country and move back to Taiwan for many reasons, including somatic health. It was not just an intuition, but more like an instinct. Before I left, in April 2019, I initiated this project and posted an open call for models to see who felt connected to it and were willing to contribute. As my very first photography project in life, it captured my sentiments and reflections of my experiences there and of the country in general.
U.S. (Unwholesome Shelter 「美」國)