Currently on view through November 17.
For Khánh H. Lê, identity plays a central role in artistic output. Recent refugee crises have made the artist reflect on his personal experience of waiting with his family for permission to come to the United States in the late 80s. Through prints and mixed-media collage, he layers together fragmented memories and images, including photographs of D.C.’s Vietnamese community, to create a new historical narrative that is reflective of the tension within identity.
“These photographs serve as fragmented memories that allowed me to create new narratives as I collage using scrapbooking and mixed-media materials. I transform everyday family photo albums into colorful abstractions using gold gelly roll pen, sequins, acrylic stickers and acrylic crystals.”
Lê graduated with his BFA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and his MFA from Syracuse University. He was selected as a Denbo Fellow at Pyramid Atlantic in the fall of 2018 where he worked on this body of work and incorporating screenprinting techniques into his practice. Lê’s work has been exhibited at the Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton, NJ), Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (Chautauqua, NY), Corcoran Gallery of Art, Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (Wilmington), Arlington Arts Center, Honfleur Gallery, D.C. Arts Center, Washington Project for the Arts, and Transformer. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awarded Lê the Artist Fellowship for the Visual Arts in 2016. Lê lives and works in Washington, DC, where he actively explores and questions the notion of identities through the lenses of culture and memories.
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