andi icaza-largaespada, Brandon Leung, Daniela Rodriguez Chevalier, Jae Lew, Meesh QX, Sidi Chen: I spy… 2

We are excited to announce the artists for this year’s iteration of I spy… a disposable camera project! I spy… 2021 will feature photographs by andi icaza-largaespada, Brandon Leung, Daniela Rodriguez Chevalier, Jae Lew, Meesh QX, and Sidi Chen.

I spy… is a mail art program created by UNIT/PITT Society for Art and Critical Awareness. This year’s participating artists were selected by Board Members Aileen Bahmanipour and Jennifer Huang, and Program Coordinator Rachel Lau, through an open call for emerging and student artists. Each participating artist has been mailed a disposable camera and a unique, crowd-sourced text prompt. They are instructed to photograph whatever they want, as long as one photograph responds to the prompt. UNIT/PITT will choose nine photographs from each roll to showcase online.

The inaugural I spy… in 2020 featured photographs by Gloria Wong, Jackie Dives, jaz whitford, Katayoon Yousefbigloo, Mona Fani, Phoebe Huang, Rachel Lau, Rebecca Wang, Ryley O’Byrne, and Svava Tergesen, and can be revisited here.

2021 artist bios

andi icaza-largaespada is an artist, researcher and facilitator with ties and responsibilities to Nicaragua, Central America, and BIPOC and immigrant communities in so-called Canada and abroad. Queer theory, archives and ecology inform her interdisciplinary audiovisual and writing practice. Their work observes belonging and resistance, searching for possibilities within tensions. Website

Brandon Leung is a writer and photographer whose chosen medium is film photography. He photographs the everyday world around him. Though many of his photographs depict candid events and the urban environment, they express an interest beyond “street photography,” namely in public space, history, and identity. Website

Dani Rodríguez Chevalier (she/ella) is passionate about analogue practices, poetry & hybrid forms, art making in community, and independent radio. Her work has appeared in Discorder Magazine, at the AHVA gallery and as wallpapers on friends’ phones. She lives on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ nations. Instagram

Jae Lew is a media artist and filmmaker currently residing in Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Their practice is situated at a place of visibility and invisibility; their work deals with topics of spirituality, disability and gender. They recently completed a degree in New Media and Sound Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Instagram

Meesh QX (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans visual art, performance, writing, film, and animation. Across these varied mediums a uniting theme in Meesh’s work is an exploration of identity including aspects of gender, race, and intergenerational ties. Website

Sidi Chen is a traveling queer artist whose practice addresses the intersectionality of the body, community, and the environment. Through his interdisciplinary practice across arts, science, and social engagements, Chen is passionate about utilizing arts for community research, relationship building, and incubating land-based kinships. Website

Announcement of community I spy…

This year, we’re adding something new to I spy… Inspired by the enthusiastic response to our call for crowd-sourced prompts, we will be hosting a community version of I spy… on Instagram throughout September. In anticipation of the photographs from our participating artists, we invite you to show us the world through your lens for a month.

Details have been posted to UNIT/PITT’s Instagram.

The graphic for I spy… 2021 artist announcement features a photograph by Jackie Dives for I spy… 2020.