Things “R” Queer

Photo: of an art installation called Things “R” Queer
Olympic Village

Things “R” Queer

By Joseph Maida

Curated by Capture Photography Festival

Things “R” Queer ushers in new cycles of art and food photography by embracing one of the latest iterations of visual
culture, Instagram, as its initial platform for circulation. Taking the trope of food porn on social media as his prompt,
Maida crafts subversive tableaux with purposeful doses of Pop Art humor, advertising gloss, and Japanese kawaii and
then photographs his colorful sculptures in a matter-of-fact, documentary-style. His images, which are historically
“straight” in their aesthetics and lack of manipulation, are undoubtedly queer in their campy visualization of a fantasy-
cum-critique of contemporary material culture. This project punctuates Aperture’s newly published history of Food
Photography Feast for the Eyes, edited by Susan Bright, and has been published as a 24 postcard set by CONVOKE.

Presented in partnership with Capture Photography Festival and the Canada Line Public Art Program – InTransitBC