Kanak Guo explores men with characteristics that are indicative of substantial stories, and photographs them. These photos showcase men’s various features that are not masculine in the traditional sense.
Since high school, Guo has delved into photography and found it the best medium to express himself. While in college, his personal work Smog was awarded the Silver Award by the China Photographic Association. In late-2015, he started working for Madame Figaro China and So Figaro China as a fashion stylist and photographer. His works were published in many fashion magazines including T Magazine China. He photographed Jessie Li, the Best Actress of the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards for Port of Call; Liu Wen, a Chinese supermodel; and Fan Bingbing, a renowned Chinese actress, for luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Dior.
In 2017, he co-published his personal photography book titled Journey of Youth, and was shortlisted for the Three Shadows Photography Awards.
As a recent graduate from the School of Visual Arts, Guo expresses his queer identity and actualizes his dreams through fashion photography. The set and costumes enable him to externalize his fantasies and desires, and the models embody the identity of Guo himself that others may find strange.
The exhibition is curated by Lingfei Ren. Ren has a BA in Fine Arts at Southeast University in China, and MA in Arts Management at George Mason University. She worked and interned at art institutions such as Shanghai Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Freer|Sackler Galleries. She is currently a graduate candidate of MFA Photography, Video and Related Media at the
School of Visual Arts.