TWO SPIRIT

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The term “Two-Spirit” has gone on a long journey to finding its identity for decades. Before that “Berdache” was a French term to classify Native American who neither as men nor women, which is a discrimination term on homosexual acts. Though It was a beautiful thing that was encouraged to do before the arrival of French explorers.

In 1994, “Two-Spirit” was adopted to replace the old and discriminatory term ‘berdache’. “Two-Spirit” describes someone possessed both male and female soul. This rediscovery of their own roots has re-opened new perspectives for some member of the Native American cultures, as they once again could live as respected and valued.

In a modern world, a new term “Genderfluid” has emerged to identify the two-spirited individual. Being gender fluid has nothing to do with which set of genitalia one has, nor their sexual orientation. It is used to characterize a person’s gender who possessed both masculinity and femininity spirit within, or a mix of both.

I am genderfluid. Sometimes I prefer being called by feminine pronouns and feel womanly over the other, however, sometimes I do not. Also I’ve experienced that being genderfluid is being able to live in the entire spectrum of traditional gender role, male and/to female.  And often do I reflect my gender identities through my fashion and beauty preferences. And It is fascinating to see how fashion shifts through (pop) culture and gender.

From the creation of the famous Le Smoking tuxedo suit for womenswear by Yves Saint Laurent, which brought a tremendous amount of attention in the fashion world and the in popular culture in the 60s. Then to fashion designer today like, Jean Paul Gaultier who continuously put a good dose of traditional gender role influence in his shows. Needless to say, fashion reflects the culture, and when you’re wearing a piece of clothing, it reflects you.

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A fashion interlude/film, titled “TWO SPIRIT”, is directed and filmed by me, on the subject of Genderfluidity that is being captured by a representation of gender binary through the human form (models), which is “a tradition type of gender system that we classify sex and gender into two distinct, opposite and disconnected forms of masculinity and femininity”.

In “TWO SPIRIT”, the perception of a fluidity was trying to be captured by a constant shift of movement from feminine to masculine human form that it flows back and forth. And a reference to two distinct genders is carried throughout. The choice of music, Chukhung by Biosphere, is trying to express a deep and slow, but a subtle movement of an individual cognitive thinking and to create a separation from the city noise.

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PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY // MATTHEW CHENG

ASSISTING & MODEL // EROS LIU

MY LOOK // EDITIONS MR, SAINT LAURENT PARIS, UNIQLO.

EROS LIU LOOK // SAINT LAURENT PARIS, ALLSAINTS, BALENCIAGA

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