The artist is twenty-five years old, a homosexual and gender queer. They are an Australian, a Mauritian and a member of the millennial generation, their pronoun of choice is them, they, theirs. Simultaneously they embrace and reject each of these identifiers; some of these identifiers were assigned at birth while the others are self-asserted. Kieran experiments with form and colour in the context of the photographic still life and portrait to explore gender politics, dandyism, practices of drag, queerness, identity presentation, reading and passing.

 

Working towards a non-binary philosophy of photography Kieran employs transgender studies as a methodology to reflect on a queer construction of the photographic medium and identity politics. 'Non-binary' refers to gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine. More specifically identities that exist outside of the heterosexual-cis-normative binary and are inclusive of gender free, bigender, transgender, gender fluid and culturally specific gender identities. Kieran draws from the shared properties of illusion, material transformation and magic* that uniquely characterize the non-binary and photography.

 

By applying a non-binary philosophy to the context of the photographic still life and portrait they hope to reach new fluid dimensions for what the photographic medium could be. Rather than defining the photograph as an image, an object or a performance, their work reads as neither and all simultaneously. Their photographs present themselves confusedly, eclectically, naively and flamboyantly; a performance of identity formation where one transforms from an image, to an object, and back again right before your eyes. Each work presents a sensibility of the non-binary, the queer and the fluid by rejecting and recalibrating traditional conventions of the photographic still life and portrait.

 

Kieran's own identity is their point of departure for understanding how one might work through endless experiences of being under construction: the questions asked, the self-doubt faced, the love felt, the hurt experienced and the places real, digital, imagined, semi-fictional or fluid it may guide one to.

 

Ultimately their practice aims to create safe and active spaces, promote understanding, acceptance, empowerment and visibility for people who are marginalised because of their identity.

 

Kieran's practice is by no means definitive of LGBTQI+ experiences. It is one of the many stories that exist in spaces that are real and tangible, sometimes imagined, semi-fictional and fluid.

 

*Magic here refers to the mystery, awe, uncertainty and unknown potential/s of photography and gender identity.