TEN YEARS IN AMERICA
A Photography Exhibition by Yü Wu
Saturday, September 9th 2017, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
801 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
When I arrived in America ten years ago, I had no idea where this journey would take me, and I would have never imagined how different a person I have become now. There is no epiphany. It is a decade of searching for identity, defying racial prejudices, embracing my sexuality, overcoming self-doubt; it is a constant struggle that I learned to endure and enjoy.
I often think about the people, places and things that have, in one way or another, changed the course of my life in this country. As I investigated my own recollections of the past, I could not stop thinking about the conversations I had with these people, about these things, at these places. It is those words that have relentlessly haunted me and tenderly comforted me during this painful, yet beautiful journey.
In an era that people are judged by their Facebook posts, Instagram photos, Linkedin profiles, when we see someone, do we see them, or we see the hashtags attached to them? To find out the answer to this question, I started taking pictures of my friends, with one principle in mind: I want to capture who they are, not who they are supposed to be.
Then I invited some of them to do the same for me. According to my social media profile, I’m a 31 years old guy from Wuhan, China, live in San Francisco and work as an analyst at a tech company with a Ph.D. degree in engineering. Is this how people see me?
Or even, is this me at all?
Participating Artists: Clarke Blackham, Matthew Koenigs, Brandon Nelson, Meeta Panesar, Victor Yañez-Lozcano.
THANK YOU everyone for coming out and supporting the show! Special thanks to Clarke and Brandon for your tremendous help!
There are ups and downs in my ten years in America. Tonight, I am thrilled to share this journey with all of you, and I couldn't be happier that you are my family of this new life.
To many more years to come!