By Hunt Yiyang Teng
In this post-modern era dominated by exhaustion, its societal functions and stressors are often heavily scrutinized.
These photograph has come to encapsulate ‘a childlike absorption in the all-too-adult bitter-sweetness of the world’, neglecting reality and projecting fantasy.
The subjects juxtaposed under the masks and costumes depict a sense of alienation through the notion of anonymity, as if to suggest the act of searching for identity, or rather a desire for escapism in the world of fantasy.
Teng’s photographs invite a firm questioning of anonymity and identity in which we navigate the social facet of ‘self,’ and serve as a standing in solidarity with those who have encountered experiences of abuse, intimidation and discrimination.
Hunt Yiyang Teng
From SHIFT19/20 Submission
Hunt is a third year undergrad architecture student at U of T Daniels. You can check out some of his latest photograph on Instagram @huntyteng