Yuxin Jiang


Studies on Collective Identities

What forms collective identity at the present moment, a moment that seems to be extremely (and bizarrely) both hybrid and polarised?

And to what extent is an individual inevitably part of a collective identity?

The work takes an autobiographical approach. As a non-native living in London – Chinese to be precise in this case. Though describing one by nationality seems to be increasingly insufficient if not inappropriate – one experiences certain psychological events prompted by the emergence of collective identity into consciousness.

What is seen here is not a documentation of those psychological events, rather it’s the reactions to them, which were formed in experiencing the subtle but constant tension with the collective identity. It shifts with great fluidity between being unaware of it and reminded of it, identifying with it and resisting it as an individual.

By magnifying the micro in the vernacular, the work speaks out loud the unease possibly commonly shared. Living in a world still far away from the one constructed by Huang Yongping, where he dissolved the identity difference by suggesting whatever political identities held, they are all subject to power, one might be more practical to ask, how do we live with identities that we don’t necessarily identify with?