Mixed Blood


Nik Apostolides at nik.apostolides@icloud.com

Available from 01/01/2016

Nik Apostolides

U.S. Department of State

Mixed Blood is a photographic and textual project portraying 9 NYC and 10 Beijing based families that include children with “mixed” races, ethnicities, and cultures. Mixed Blood questions and diffuses the historical categorization process of race/ethnicity and focuses on connective, cross-cultural experiences within the family unit. The portraits and accompanying narratives illustrate the varying relationships family members have with their backgrounds, cultural context and citizenship. This unifying of race and cultures within a family continues to influence the evolution of American and global identity today. Mixed Blood investigates the shaping of identity and culture through tradition, modernization, citizenship, and ethnicity. “The families in Mixed Blood present the unprecedented diversity of human relationship, and the increased blending of races and cultures in the 21st century. At the same time, the series suggests the evolving role of individuals and families in defining their own unique identities and shaping their own values in ways that use race and ethnicity as a partial frame, but that also begin…to blur traditional lines and create new categories and connections.” – Nik Apostolides, Curator