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Geyujing Shen : Whether Every Tree’s Birthday Falls In the Spring


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My name is Geyujing Shen, I am here to submit my photographic project about diasporic Chinese female queers.
The name of the project is Whether Every Tree’s Birthday Falls In the Spring.

Geyujing Shen was born in a small city in Zhejiang, China, where the subtropical climate has brought evergreen tree species everywhere, bringing economic benefits and maintaining the local ecology, but people are mostly oblivious to their presence – just as women are experiencing in China, and with the status of queer, the way trees are treated deepens Geyujing’s anxiety about identity, presence, and visibility.

After arriving in London, Geyujing sought to find Chinese female queers who shared her own experiences and listened to their stories to explore the psychological state and spiritual world of them in a foreign country. Under the three keywords of Chinese, female, and queer, how do they place themselves in a foreign country; How do they reconnect with their gender identity in a new environment? How do they practice trusting, giving, and taking from others who are unfamiliar to them? How do they find their unfinished self in a different culture and community? And how do they look back on their experiences of growing up in mainland China? Meanwhile, drawing from personal growth experience, she uses poetic narratives to delve into the unique life course of Chinese female queers which differs from the mainstream heterosexual life experiences., trying to empathize with their pain and confusion.

This visual research project is divided into two parts, the first one is called Rainy Season Is Coming, which mainly focuses on the spiritual world and dilemmas of diasporic Chinese female queers; the second part is called Tear’s Symmetry which focuses on the personal identity exploration process. Both of the parts explore how poetic narratives, through indeterminate images, images of trees and portraits, can break away from time and flatness to connect on an emotional level with Chinese female queers living in a foreign land, exploring the meaning of their homeland, the weight of loneliness and their anxieties about their identity.

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