Tiane Doan Na Champassak's Spleen and Ideal

November 15, 2013


Tiane Doan Na Champassak's Spleen and Ideal series from 2011 is a collection of sensually eerie Ilfochrome prints. As a French photographer of Asian descent, Champassak was first recognized for his documentary work (Agence Vu) before exploring a more artistic approach. His photography is driven by a fascination for gender identity issues, revealing a decidedly aesthetic sensibility. For each body of work, print or publication, he seeks out the most appropriate techniques, materials and formats. In 2011, he self-published two books employing vernacular photography found online and in 2012 he published Tantra, The Father of Pop Dance and Spleen and Ideal. He received the SCAM portfolio prize and was Laureate of the Villa Médicis Hors-les-Murs program, both in 2001.