Sanh Tran
Untitled No. 70 (Veil)
Medium: Photography, Digital C-Print
Dimensions: 20” (W) x 30” (H) Bedroom Scene No. 1
Medium: Photography, Digital C-Print
Dimensions: 36” (W) x 24” (H)
Artist StatementSince relocating to rural, central Pennsylvania from having lived in San Francisco and Los Angeles for most of my life, I am now faced with a new question as a selfidentified queer Asian man living in the country – how do I fit in my rural landscape amongst the white faces, red barns, and camouflage? To answer this question I make photographs that present queer gender performances and expressions in the country but that are largely missing from representations of the country.While queer gender performances and identities are becoming increasingly visible in urban settings, they remain the subaltern in a rural setting. Working primarily in the domestic space of my country home (and, often my basement), I turn the camera on myself to create characters that appropriate, blur, and satirize the constructed archetypes of masculinity and femininity.The themes of Glitter Bomb are well represented in these photographs that showcase representations of queer identity in rural America – thus, taking back rurality – that are largely absent in representations of both rurality and LGBTQ communities. To be an out, self-identified queer individual and artist in rural America means to stand out from the camouflage.