Robe à l’anglaise (2022)
Robe à l’anglaise is an ongoing series that conveys Kleine’s experience as a mestizo – a person of ‘mixed’ Filipino descent. This involves depictions of Kleine dressed in a robe à l’anglaise – an 18th century dress once favoured by colonial elites. In this way, Kleine speaks to the visceral experience of ‘mixed race’ people in systems that rely on divisive notions of identity such as race. Nonetheless, the diversity of settings and roles that Kleine adopts in each frame suggests the formation of new identities that are not confined by colonial frameworks.