Year of Birth
Country of Birth
Diaspora as History
Presenting two ongoing series “icon” and “landscape”, aaajiao explores the senses and sentiments of himself, who struggles to remain mobile in his identity. The sense of identity dilemma derives from the notion of being a place-based Sinitic speaker, who seeks identity independence from his national origins and his use of language. Further influenced by recent literatures in Sinophone studies, he presents us a visual thesis about the evolution of his identity and the world he sees. It responds to his personal experience, the socio-political tension specific to Chineseness, and his dual existence on the Internet and in this world.
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icon series (2018 ~ 2022)
“I was born on the Internet, I was dead on the Internet, and I was reborn on the Internet.“
I cannot simply hide my identity dilemma with my Internet identity. I record my identity evolution and reveal the hidden part via icons. The icon is also my way of seeing. After I experienced the gradual detachment from my racial and national identity while using the language (Chinese), my nostalgia becomes place-based. It originates in Berlin and in cyberspace. At the same t ...
In 2020, my icon was a player who sees the world reconstituted by computing power while
trapped in the identity of Chinese diaspora.
In 2021, my icon was a hybrid form of a half-dead User on social media and a player awaiting for his reborn.
In 2022, my icon attempts to be a mobile presence of a place-based Sinitic speaker, who is wary
of falling into the discrete ideology of Perpetual Foreigners and a forced self-Minoritisation.
landscape series (2022)