BLEU is Blue, BLEU is also a measure used in machine translation between languages. Blue is sex and seedy, blue is sad and depressed. Using digital false-color infrared photography, Stephen Chen visualizes this translation of meanings in a series where the sky is replaced by skyscrapers, and real blue is replaced by a hyperreal blue in Toronto’s Gay village.
Historically the center of Queer life and experience, Gay bars and villages have been in decline – encroached by gentrification and redevelopment, and abandoned by the younger generation (who grew up in a digitally connected age, and never experienced violence and discrimination). Akin to how BROADS WAY dealt with historical forgetting, BLEU reflects upon when trashy turned into trendy. An age where Blue means peace (but only for well-to-do Whites), and Bleu is bleh.
Conceived & Photographed by: STEPHEN CHEN | Completed: 08/18