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  "Self-Portrait, SHIN Her Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan" July 2002 c-print
© Tema Stauffer - Minneapolis, Minnesota

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One of my favorite things about Asian art films is the shots of people in their underwear. That, and all of the pretty colors and romantic melancholy. I watched Happy Together and The Hole shortly before ending up in this hotel room and was feeling especially inspired.
But hotel rooms always work their magic on me. There is inevitably a sense of stepping into a movie or a photograph. I like to sit on the bed and take in all the details of the room. The carpeting, the curtains, the t.v. set, the mirror. My friends told me to check in this room for video cameras peering through holes in the walls.. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any.