Tommy Kha

Reunification (I), Millington, TN/Greenpoint, Brooklyn

2020
Archival pigment print
16 x 20 inches
Edition of 5, signed sticker on verso

Possessing a masterful eye for color, perspective and composition, Tommy Kha's work relates his own experience of being queer, Asian American, andraised in the American South. In Reunification (I), Millington, TN/Greenpoint, Brooklyn Kha creates a self portrait without having to actually appear in front of the camera. Instead, we see through and around a cutout of the artist, placed against a backdrop of a restaurant. A large blown-up image of a waterfall, a frequent image in American Asian restaurants, along with a taxidermy deer head, a long held symbol of Americanna and male dominance, sit in the backdrop of the image. With the face of the cutout removed, Kha's presence is porous, as though these cultural signifiers move through and around him simultaneously. The title of the image links his home state with his current city, and a hand reaches out towards the cutout in the bottom of the frame, acknowledging that Kha is seen despite the cultural turbulence surrounding him.

Tommy Kha is a Brooklyn based photographer whose work explores minority narratives, multilayered identities, and ideas of boundary and periphery, self and other. He holds an MFA from Yale University and has recently been an Artist in Residence at Center for Photography at Woodstock and Light Work.

This is an unframed archival pigment print created by master printer at the lab at Silver Eye. We offer framing, mounting, and matting services for this print, please contact Kate Kelley at kate@silvereye.org for more information.

  • $1200: Reunification
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