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The Los Angeles Times

Wed, 04/07/2010 - 10:02pm -- minna
They're 100% kid: Kip Fulbeck asked multiracial children: 'Who are you?'
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Karen Wada

The kids in these photographs don't look like they belong in a museum. They're having too much fun. They gloat and grin, share secrets and show off their retainers and rock collections.

"I wanted to capture them exactly as they are," says artist Kip Fulbeck. " 'If they liked soccer,' I told them, 'Bring a ball.' 'If you're a goof be a goof.' I just wanted to avoid that posed Christmas card thing."

Most of all, Fulbeck wanted to give these children -- all of whom are of mixed racial heritage -- the freedom to answer the simple but potentially fraught question: "Who are you?"...

... "Everyone wants to tell their story," says Fulbeck, who included lots of interactive opportunities in "Mixed."

Activities planned for the exhibition, which runs through Sept. 26, include a visit June 12 by President Obama's half sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng -- who like her brother is of mixed ancestry. Soetoro-Ng, who wrote the foreword to Fulbeck's new book, will arrive June 12 to commemorate Loving Day, the annual celebration of the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Loving vs. Virginia that legalized interracial marriage in every state.