“i’ve got some real estate here in my bag” is more of a confession rather than a photo essay.
the confession: “i’ve got some real estate here in my bag” —p.simon
chaves attempts to express a long history ugly truths, embarrassing disgusts, and unresolved conflicts. this is a confession that exudes from the scars of a naturalised Asian American who emigrated from Asia, grew up in Midwest, USA, and recently returned to SE Asia to live. this collection of analogue and digital images confesses the contradiction and the alienation of what he feels like to be an American. an American who seemingly was never fully accepted in the land of the free, and, surprisingly (or not), never accepted in the land of his birth.