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“Puppy Love” by Kanthy Peng

Feb 17, 2017 - Guanyu Xu

Kanthy Peng was born in 1992 in Beijing, China. She studied photography and film at the Beijing Film Academy from 2011~2012. From 2013~2016, she studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and received her BFA degree in photography department. Her works deal with femininity and intimate relationships.
Peng’s works have been exhibited in the spaces include the Woman Made Gallery, Chicago; Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins; St. Louis Artists’ Guide and Galleries, and others. Last year, her first solo exhibition was held at Gallery X in Chicago, IL.


“I make photographs and videos of my family and my life; each image and vignette conveys the unsettled liminal experiences between East/West and the deconstruction and construction of femininity/daughterhood across cultural and ideological boundaries by recomposing my personal life story of vulnerability, joy and confusion. Having encountered the frustrations of my fantasies in actual relationships and the critique of gender binaries, in my
artworks, I take a mixed perspective to explore interplays between these contradictory categories. In Puppy Love (2014-2016) series, I explore the collaborative interaction of gender roles by my girlfriend at the time and myself through a series of intimate portraits. The change of
gestures, expressions, and atmospheres in those images represent our desires of performing and traversing between a range of contradictory roles, thus capturing gender/sexuality as a flux rather than fixed categories.”