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On the beachscapes and off-beaten paths of Hawaii's Oahu, Joseph Maida's New Natives embody a new vision of American manhood in ultra HD colour. Gay, bisexual, transgendered, and heterosexual mixed race male models from the US's Pacific outpost strut their stuff – a global, glossy vision of the paradise place.
Regarding his New Natives series, Maida comments: “Each model, with his pliant identity, challenges static representations of Hawaii…Moreover, the range of personas and landscapes that the project includes disrupts a singular touristic fantasy of paradise. New Natives not only celebrate Hawaiiʼs remarkable diversity through its majestic Millennials but also reflect the rapidly changing fabric of America as witnessed from its periphery.”
Based in New York City with an MFA in photography from Yale (where he has also taught), Maida’s work often explores notions of American identity from within and abroad. The National Endowment for the Arts-funded artist has also exhibited everywhere from the Bronx Museum of Art and PS122, to the Kunsthalle Wien and the Nikon Salons in Tokyo and Osaka.
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