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Reciprocal Fantasy: Joseph Maida’s New Natives

by Matthew Leifheit on October 9, 2013
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For the series New Natives, Joseph Maida solicited aspiring male models of ambiguous ethnicity, race, and gender through social media, and photographed them against the backdrop of their home state, Hawaii. After I saw his recent show at Daniel Cooney Fine Art, we talked about why he began making these photographs, how masculinity is performed for his camera, and what he considers to be a shift toward acceptance, evidenced by our current president.

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