Growing up on social media, self portraiture has always been with Yun Ping (contains nudity)

Today, Yun works with no set formula or process when it comes to setting up a self portrait. “It depends,” he says. “They all navigate between staging and spontaneity as they come from the exploration that develops in self-knowledge.” go home(huí jiā), a self portrait series Yun has worked on since 2017 explores the self at its most fundamental level – how we occupy space. “The project shows the process of my gender transition journey, delving into the concept of intimacy while understanding the body as a place to inhabit.” It was developed at the different households Yun has lived in between The Basque Country and Madrid.

Whether Yun takes an image in his bedroom, or in a gallery surrounded by people, the energy of instinct and personal exploration is always present in the final image – without clear indication of how much planning it took to achieve. “Self-portraiture allows me to get to know myself on a deeper level, it is a really healing practice.” It’s no surprise that the photographer’s major inspiration is Robert Mapplethorpe, whose portfolio was full of mid-action motions, like a kiss.

Yun’s portraits feature the same spirit of improvisation. The Passion of The Cut Sleeve explores the origin of the term ‘Cut Sleeve’, a euphemism for gay relationships, which dates back to a story from the Han Dynasty. With Yun entering the frame once more, the photograph shows his ability to not only play with compositions, but craft an image with every tool at his disposal, including his own presence.


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