Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2019

Do You See Us?
Gaebrielle McIntosh

As children, we learn that we never occupy just one, but all, of our identities. Aa a queer person of color, this task becomes much more challenging being that you not only possess two minority identities but sometimes three depending on your gender. Often, we feel silenced by those around us and pressured to suppress certain aspects of our identities which can lead to confusion and a state of dysphoria.

Do You See Me? showcases a personal yet collective journey regarding queerness. Located in the “House of Queers” Museum, Do You See Me? acts as an unorthodox book in which the users are presented with an abundance of queer black faces placed in frames, printed from linoleum cuts. The faces are printed on three different colored papers: dark brown, light blue and orange. These colors represent silencing, voices, and liberation; the three major themes of the project.

As the viewers walk through the museum, they are constantly hearing the thoughts and voices of the faces they are viewing through built in wall speakers. Sometimes they will hear individual thoughts and sometimes they will hear the voices collectively speaking and thinking simultaneously. These voices consist mainly of the struggles of being a queer person of color. The exhibit takes up the entire third floor of the museum and is designed for users to walk in circles, submerging the audience in faces, thoughts and voices. Do You See Me? serves to create a sense of community for queer people of color as well as evoke a level of empathy and understanding from people who do not identify as queer so that they can play a role in creating a safer and more supportive environment for them.

Yasmeen AlAyoub

Maria Badasian

Jenny Barroll

Bhavika Bhatia

Leehe Bok

Lauren April Brady

Elisa Bustos

Gabrielle Cantamessa

Jo Castanon

Ana Sofia Murillo Cernicchiaro

Sherleen Chen

Tiange Chen

Dahee Choi

Carol Chong

Olivia Chow

Matthew Chu

Lily Clempson

Analuisa Corrigan

Gaurika Dalal

Iyana Martin Diaz

Sylvia Epstein

Maria Farah

Vitoria Schweitzer Fiore

Jamie Fong

Bentzion Goldman

Sarah Hennessy

Irene Hernandez-Gaona

Sara Hilany

Allen Hu

Gufeng Huang

Julia Isman

Erika Jaquez

Moonnyung Jo

Adam Johansen

Souraya Jureidini

Cynthia Kamata-Banks

Zarrin Karimi

Ta Suranart Kasitipradit

Anastasia Khadivi

Peggy S. Khammanotham

Jiwon Kim

Minhae Kim

Sarah Kim

Soyeon (Chloe) Kim

Soyeon Kim

Esther Klingbiel

Rose Kramer

Clare Lagomarsino

Julia Lassen

Chloe Lee

Jahyun Lee

Nicole Lee

Ye Eun Alison Lee

Leqi Liang

Chia Ying Lin

Chih-Yi Lin

Eric Lish

Clarissa Losciale

Eileen Lu

Cobey Lusinger

Maria Magnani

Miguel Marcos

Gaebrielle McIntosh

Sarah McNutt

Mitali Mehta

Vincent Merle

Mitali Nopany

Eugene Ong Bang Jun

Diana Pak

Seongjin Park

Holly Parkin

Annika Phillips

Olimpia Pignatti-Morano

Marie Poncin

Jin Qian

Jack Rieger

Kenisha Bijoux Rullan

Joshua Ryan

Bushra Sarker

Amy Schultz

Nico Siy

Leah Slava

Demi Isabela Straulino

Anisha Subberwal

Erica Tagliarino

Cristina Cepeda Thielmann

Elisa Tordjmann

Kyle Tranquilli

Yasemin Varlik

Varun Vig

Diana Vivar

Abby Wang

Yifei Wang

Yuqi Wang

Coco Wohrle

Angela Yang

Stella Yen

Tiffany Ying

Ingrid Yiu

Kyle Yu

Celestine Yuan

Seoyoung Yun

Maria Zabolotnaya

Amanda Zaldivar

Yinglin Zeng

Junhao Zhang

Limber Lingya Zhang

Haitong Zheng

Karolina Zuchowski