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When We Are Together by Alex Thebez
When We are Together is a documentation of my contrasting personal relationships: my family in Singapore and my recent partner in New York City. The images in the series attempt to juxtapose a sense of disconnect and intimacy, while maintaining a sense of emotional parallel between the two contexts depicted in the project.
Having lived alone since I was 14 years old, I spent the majority of my teen and adult life on my own. I had been in a relationship with Jesse not long after I moved to New York City in 2009. Coming from a rather conservative Christian Indonesian-Chinese family, homosexuality is not the desired preference. Awkward and uncomfortable, the images from the two facets of my life grapple together to create an intimate narrative.”
This project is a means to reconcile my detachment from my family with an intimate detail of my personal life.
I have always been interested in narratives. Movies are actually one of the reasons why I got into photography. The book format actually came pretty naturally. I like how the format forces you to have a private experience with a heavily sequenced set of images. Just like watching a movie in a theater, it is just you and the story. Considering the subject matter of this particular work, I think it’s more than appropriate that the best way it is to be viewed is in its book form. It was also my first time really printing a book of my own work.” - Alex Thebez
When We Are Together is available for $45 in the TGIF Shop
We are making cool stuff (This is Marisa’s) - but lots of new things being cooked in the rice cooker.
It’s a rice cooker because I am asian.
I spent the last days working on THIS Public Google Map based on @giphy artists list. Of course the map is not representing the whole GIF movement and lots of artist names are missing, but it’s a first step.
Right now the list includes 78 artists from 19 different countries, and I wasn’t able to find infos about Absourdnoise, Challenger, Dee Dee, Hoppip, Maudit, Eno Swinnen, Ph7labs, Riffs n Gifs, Salih, Shakin Food Gifs, Tech Noir, Vince McKelvie, Wakest.
Some numbers: according to Giphy Artists List, more than 50% of the GIF artists come from US (41), and 18 from NY. 10 artists come from UK (6 from London). There’s an interesting group of artists come from East Europe, 8 in total (Croatia, Romania, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia). South America is represented by Argentina and Guatemala.
Italy has just one, and it’s our OKKULT Motion Pictures. Surprisingly, no artists from Africa, China, Japan, France etc.
Want to help me to add infos/improve this map? Have you found mistakes? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Thanks in advance.
OKKULT Motion Pictures