On view at the Wing Luke Museum August 8, 2013-January 19, 2014. For more info visit: http://www.warbabylovechild.com/exhibition

Jenifer Wofford was born in San Francisco and raised in Hong Kong, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. Her Filipina mother was born in Manila, and her European American father was born in California. Her parents met in Thailand, but didn’t date until both happened to move to San Francisco around the same time. The imagery in MacArthur Nurses is based on the famous staged photograph of General Douglas MacArthur “returning” to the Philippines in 1944 and alludes to the contemporary migration of Filipina nurses throughout theworld, especially to the United States.

Given my childhood moving around overseas, I would say that I identify as a ‘Third Culture’ kid as much as I do biracial.

Gina Osterloh (b. 1973)
Rapture, from the Somewhere Tropical series, 2006
LightJet photograph
36 x 40 in.
Private collection

Everyone says, ‘You must be an army baby.’ My mom actually emigrated from Cebu, Philippines, to Guatemala first … She had already gotten her graduate degree in the Philippines, but it didn’t count in the States at the time.—Gina Osterloh

Gina Osterloh is the daughter of a German American father and a mother from the Philippines who met in graduate school. Somewhere Tropical, a series of staged photographs rendering “unreadable” the figure of the artist, negotiates the relationship between 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional space and references concealed identities and notions of “passing,” clichéd tourist images of the tropics, war, war films, and her mother’s family history during WWII.