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Tam Tran

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Birthplace
Hue, Vietnam

Birth year
1986

Lives in
Memphis

Works in
Memphis

Website

Statement

Born 1986 in Hue, Vietnam
Lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee

According to Tam Tran, she trains her camera on “everything and anything my eyes see and love.” Tran’s series of photographs presents her subjects as multifaceted characters, who explore and experiment with their respective identities by taking on a multitude of personas. In the series Raising Hell (2008), the artist’s nephew enacts the typical childhood fantasy of being a superhero. He is featured wearing a costume of pajamas and a cape and uses a broomstick as a weapon. Each of the five photographs captures a different moment in the battle between the boy and his imagined backyard adversary. Seen from different angles, from above or below, Tran’s nephew appears alternately monumental and diminutive—a fierce warrior and a little boy. Through this collaboration, Tran and her nephew take on a variety of roles: family members, playmates, and artist and subject.

Recent Exhibits

Tam Tran participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2013 Claude Cahun and After
dnj Gallery
 
May, 2013 Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter
Japanese American National Museum
 
Nov, 2012 Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter
Asia Society Texas
 
Aug, 2011 Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
 
Feb, 2010 2010 Whitney Biennial
Whitney Museum of American Art
 
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