How can we reflect on, and reduce our own implicit biases?
Artist Statement
Seen seeks to push against our implicit biases by allowing others to relate to our humanity, imagining how one wants the world to see them. As humans, we feel the pressure of society weighing on our identity and our presentation to the world. We find ourselves accidentally - and purposefully - judging others based on what we see. Though we all judge one another, we simultaneously do not enjoy the feeling of judgment coming from others, as it is not always an accurate depiction of ourselves or how we want to be seen. Through capturing the image of a person juxtaposed with their words, this work is intended for us to take pause and reflect on own implicit bias and how we might free ourselves and others from negative judgments. 
How do you feel others judge you?
I feel like others judge me a lot based on my outer appearance. I usually dress up, I have crazy curly hair, but I’m pretty shy, so I feel like a lot of people think I may be stuck up. Anytime I ask my friends what their initial opinion of me was before we became friends it’s usually the same, “I thought you would be stuck up by the way you looked.” response.
How do you want to be seen by others? 
I want to be seen as a confident, well-put-together young woman. I have a hard time approaching people first, so I want to seem approachable to others. I don’t mind being judged by the way I look, but I don’t want people to assume that I’m just another pretty face with no depth. I just want people to see me for the fun-loving person I am.

How do you feel others judge you?
Most times strange because of how I carry myself. As if I'm a ball of anger or a person of bizarre traits.
How do you want to be seen by others? 
A person to not be judged at all but approachable and socially equal. I want to be seen as a being of compassion.
How do you feel others judge you?
When people see me for the first time I feel like I am judged by my body size and I have always been embarrassed by my nose.
How do you want to be seen by others? 
I want to be seen as someone who is judged by my actions and my accomplishments and the kindness that I show towards others.
How do you feel others judge you?
I'm sure there can be many judgements made based off of my hair color being so bright and out there. In todays world I mostly get compliments but I've had blue hair for almost 6 years and I've got some pretty intense judgments, especially at first. The judgments have comes from family and strangers alike.
How do you want to be seen by others? 
I want to be seen as strong, intelligent, and creative. Not by preconceived notions.
How do you feel others judge you?
I think people judge me because I don’t look like many other people. Or rather, I have qualities that emulate all areas of the gender spectrum, and it leads to misinterpretation, frustration, and anger. I don’t mean to be difficult, but I find my presence and my self-expression difficult for people to understand.
How do you want to be seen by others? 
I guess I’d just like to be seen, and not judged. If people are curious, ask questions. It’s ok to make mistakes or slip up. But be open. See me and be comfortable with the unknown, with not getting all my answers. I want to be seen as myself.
How do you feel others judge you?
I think that of a different era may judge me more often or more heavily than younger people. People probably judge me by assuming I'm single and don't have a family because I'm here alone.
How do you want to be seen by others? ​​​​​​​
I want to be seen as a free soul, not attached to anything. A dreamer. I don't want to be seen as attached to any religion, ideas, race, fag, etc.
How do you feel others judge you?
When strangers know I'm trans before meeting them it makes me feel like I'm being sexualized or all they can think about is what's in my pants rather than what's in my heart. 
How do you want to be seen by others? 
I want to be seen as a human first and a man second. I want to be seen as me, nothing more, nothing less.
How do you feel others judge you?
People probably think I am poor, and that I'm not very smart. 
How do you want to be seen by others? ​​​​​​​
I want to be seen as a nice person who gets along with everybody.
How do you feel others judge you?
I often feel as if people tend to consider me lazy because I am overweight. Or dismiss me as not as important.
How do you want to be seen by others? 
I want people to see me for who I really am. I am constantly on the go, I am far from lazy, but I do suffer from an autoimmune disease that makes it difficult for me to remain active all year. Due to health issues, I cannot use exercise machines, and walking is painful for a distance. I can do water exercise and bicycling, walking when it doesn't hurt. I also suffer from depression because of the pain and symptoms, which makes me eat, which puts me in a vicious cycle. I want people to see the person who volunteers to teach English to immigrants, who helps them prepare for their citizenship tests. The person who arranges meals and cooks meals and delivers meals to people who are sick, have a serious illness or surgery in the family, have a baby, or any other reason. I want people to see the person who tries to spend my time making the world a better place for everyone, and not judge me based on my weight and dismiss me immediately without getting to know me.​​​​​​​
How do you feel others judge you?
I feel like people judge me immediately when they see me and my hair. I have had so many people, complete strangers, have a single conversation with me and say things like, "You better not piss off the redhead" or "I know you must have a fiery temper, so I'll tread lightly". I've also had complete strangers come up to me and ask me questions like, "Do the curtains match the drapes?" or "Is it true what they say about redheads in bed?" People assume so many things about me just based off of my hair color. I'm immediately an easily angered person, I'm a feisty, desirable, sex symbol, a prize to be won, or sometimes avoided. People constantly, and usually unknowingly, place these expectations on me immediately upon meeting or seeing me.
How do you want to be seen by others? 
I wish people would stop assuming so much about me just based on the color of my hair. I want people to get to know me before they decide that I'm prone to tantrums or quick to anger, or before they feel it's appropriate to ask me sexual questions or make jokes about these topics. If I am to be judged, I want to be judged for how I am as a person, not what I look like.​​​​​​​
How do you feel others judge you?
As a heavily tattooed, disabled indigenous veteran, with long hair, I am visually judged, usually people jump to the conclusion that I’m rebellious and that I am an alcoholic or drug user. Statistically I should be a suicidal, homeless alcoholic with no college education, and after a brief conversation they are so surprised that against the odds I am doing better than anyone could have ever expected. 
How do you want to be seen by others? 
I want to be seen as a person who cares deeply about my roots. I want to be seen as someone who cares about the way that people perceive others, a direct result of the way I defy the odds against me based on my demographic statistics, I feel that every one deserves to be perceived equally.
How do you feel others judge you?
I assume people in the wild can judge me in a plethora of different ways, because admittedly I present myself in a way that is unashamedly myself (whether that be good or bad). When they see me, a dude with a hammer and sickle on my coat and a plethora of political pins on my bag, they probably can make some solid assumptions on my beliefs but they probably don't see me as much as a person, more-so maybe a walking political belief. When the weather is warm out though, and school is out and I'm without my politically charged coat or bag, I dress still pretty similar. I assume people just think I'm some normal college dude, unless I'm talking then they probably just think "who's this loud dude?"
How do you want to be seen by others? 
Ultimately I would like to be judged by my intentions instead of my presentation. I know thats impossible for a stranger to do without being able to read my mind, so I would take just maybe positive thoughts. I don't really care about the specifics I just like the idea of people looking at me and thinking nice things.

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