iyko day on tseng kwong chi


Iyko Day, ‘Tseng Kwong Chi and the Eugenic Landscape’, American Quarterly 65, 1 (2013)

My essay examines Tseng Kwong Chi’s photographs of US and Canadian landscapes as a queer parody of the Western conventions associated with landscape art of the early twentieth century. Exploring the influence of Ansel Adams, Gutzon Borglum, and the Canadian Group of Seven landscape artists, I argue that Tseng’s photographs parody the eugenic ideals projected onto the settler colonial landscape.

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