Paul Pfeiffer

My relationship to Pop has a really personal starting point. I grew up swimming in American culture, even though as a teenager I lived in the Philippines. (My parents taught at an American school there.) I had this odd sense of displacement, of feeling immersed in American culture and eating it up, and at the same time being a thousand miles away from everything it referred to. I think this experience—of identifying with something but being at a distance—is central to the intuitive interests that fuel what I do.

Another important moment for my development was the early ’90s when I moved to New York. I was in ACT UP and also involved in a multicultural artists’ group. It was a point of real politicization for me. In 1995 I went back to the Philippines for a year, and when I returned to New York I remember feeling like a lot of the discourse about identity politics that I’d been involved in

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