homogeneity is a myth
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DESCRIPTIONThis is a preview of the forthcoming project Homogeneity is a Myth.
Homogeneity is a Myth
Michael B. Maine, www.michaelbmaine.com
2016 by Michael B. MaineAll photography Michael B. MaineHair/Makeup by Juel Bergholm
To my sister, Jessica.
Ive always loved you.
Homogeneity is a Myth was largely inspired by Cynthia Cockburns book The Space Between Us: Negotiating
Gender and National Identity in Conflict. In this work, Cockburn explores how various groups of women
have worked together across borders to see the humanity in each other during times of national conflict
when the rhetoric of sameness is used to breed hostility.
In this venture I explore areas where identity-based conflict occurs daily. Dismissive language and
behavior robs us of the richness that exists in the individual by reducing the totality of their being into a
limited, pre-existing story. Any group of people is just thata group of peopleeach person with their own
unique constructions and expressions of identities, hopes and dreams, perspectives, and lived experiences.
Im not creating this work for any one particular audience. This is a visual manifestation of the
exploration of things that keep me up at night. Additionally, it is a celebration of the people who trust me and
this project enough to allow themselves to be vulnerable and intimate in order to ignite curiosity in others. My
goal with this exhibition is to temporarily suspend judgement and invite you to catch a glimpse inside each
individual. Thank you for being here and being curious. Thank you for giving yourself and others the rare gift
Michael B. Maine
Im an artistIllustrator and Graphic Designer, and art educator (docent).
My interests are not defined by preconceived notions of race and gender. I love
history, art history and Opera and Early Music, for example. And I practice yoga.
When I first moved to the West Coast (Bay Area) I felt free from the narrow spaces
of the East Coast (and its history and conventions) and I had a real connection
with the vast dramatic western light and landscape and sense of possibility. It
sent my heart soaring.
I tend to relate particularly well to people twice my age. Most of my closest friends
are over 60, and I feel a special bond with the Baby Boomer generation.
I wish for the work I do as an artist to reach far and wideacross media, across
generations, across cultures, without boundaries or specific labels about what my
work is and what it is not.
The only situation I feel me its when I am with my son and people I feel are
sincerely true with me. They bring so much happiness and peace to me. My son
is my big fan of everything I am accomplishing; because of that I dont know the
I am an ageless creative black man...As long as I am able I will defy being placed
into a time or category.
I am a Board Certified M.D. Physician. I was an Ob/Gyn and Emergency Room
Physician who worked at a North Carolina Emergency Room Hospital where the
White Husband of a woman refused to have his wife examined by a Black Man
(Me)Unless she was dying or bleeding to death. Which was exactly the option. I
did examine her and stopped the bleeding. Erase Racism one patient at a time.
I feel ME when I see, feel, and touch ART. The HUMAN is able to always see and
capture the unseeable and unthinkable in so many ways. I feel honored to live in
a world with ART.
Im a first generation immigrant and I could join the Daughters of the American
I expect people to take accountability and ownership for their words, actions, and
expressions. Im deeply loyal to the people I choose.
I enjoy the periods of transition. I like the act of preparing food. I like the process
of moving (especially to a different country). I like cleaning out my sock drawer.
The time when I feel the most myself is when I am shooting photos. I love working
as a model, but the feeling I get from capturing images from my perspective that
are true to how I see the world is exhilarating. Something people might not guess
about me from my appearance is that I actually love colour! I always wear all
black but I love being surrounded by flowers and colourful lights and things of this
My internal world is a creative mix of analytic and emotional.
Im proud that, as a poet, I developed a trauma-informed therapeutic poetry
program that serves homeless and incarcerated youth around the country.
I love being around happy children.
Food brings people to the table. I show my roots and my feelings through cooking
and language. That is how I want people to see me.
I am not as delicate and weak as I look physically.
I am a change agent with resilience and determination.
I feel most me whenever I can integrate arts/fashion with charity/philanthropy;
I call this Fashion Integration (similar concept as the national movement of full-
Special Thanks:Juel Bergholm (Hair/Makeup)
Victor Loo (Creative Consulting)
People Featured (In Order of Appearance):Kimberly DerianaCeleste EricssonMichael Cepress
Kate MensahDr. Michael GreerMeera Bhardwaj
Radha SadacharanVictor Loo
2016 Michael B. Maine
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