INCINERATE UPON MY DEATH, 2019, inkjet prints, 24 x 36 inches
The tradition of burning joss paper has evolved since its earliest practices of burning paper currency for ancestors into a modern practice of burning paper effigies of luxury goods like iPads and Mercedes Benzes. Queerness as a stance envisions the appropriation and refiguring of objects and narratives not necessarily intended for us. When I die, I do not want to have objects burned for a capitalist afterlife concerned with money and material goods. It is the immaterial -- the ideas and theories and criticality that I am concerned with. The joss paper objects are traditional queer signifiers patterned with texts by Rey Chow & Jose Muñoz.