Unbecoming Boy : After Taylor Swift

Chan, JJ [Artist] (2019) Unbecoming Boy : After Taylor Swift. (Moving Image).


This video takes its form from the music video for Taylor Swift's song Style, in which she plays out a fraught relationship with a male antagonist. The narrative is understood through the binary of these two characters pitted against each other. In this video of 7 minutes and 31 seconds, both characters become one performed by the artist, attempting to present a fluidity within a framework set up to present binaries. Thoughts on gender and growing up are entangled and confused by the harsh and arbitrary categorisations of identities of race and sexuality as the adolescent continues a struggle to find a place in the narrative structures that exist around them. The work is in Cantonese with English subtitles.

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