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Tam Tran

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I Forgot Pants (from Accents Series), 2009 © Tam Tran
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Battle Cry, 2010 © Tam Tran
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Rise of Your New Leader, 2010 © Tam Tran
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I Will Take Your Head Off Myself, 2010 © Tam Tran
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East, West (from Accents Series), 2010 © Tam Tran
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L'enfant noire (from Accents Series), 2010 © Tam Tran
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American Girl (from Accents Series), 2009 © Tam Tran
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Miss Favela, 2009 © Tam Tran
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Dinner Run, 2009 © Tam Tran
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Cat Lady, 2009 © Tam Tran
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Tam Is Yayoi, 2013 Digital Print on Giclee Paper 17" X 17" © courtesy of dnj Gallery
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Hue, Vietnam
Birth year
1986
Lives in
Memphis
Works in
Memphis
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.