Exploring the Self portrait with Tommy Kha
Tommy Kha (b. 1988, Memphis, Tennessee) received his BFA in Photography from Memphis College of Art and his MFA from Yale University School of Art.
His work has been published in Modern Painters, Humble Arts, Slate, the Huffington Post, Blouin ArtInfo, BUTT Magazine, Buzzfeed, and Miranda July’s “We Think Alone,” and exhibited at Deli Gallery, Ryerson Artspace, Georgia Scherman Projects, Aperture, Signal Gallery, ALLGOLD at MoMA PS1 Printshop, Johalla ProAjects, Yongkang Lu Art, and Kunstverein Wolfsburg. He was an artist-in-residence through the Center for Photography at Woodstock and Light Work, and most recently Kha published his first monograph, A Real Imitation, through Aint-Bad Magazine. He currently lives and works in New York City and Memphis.
“My photography and video work explore the conventions of the self-portrait through biographical and cultural contexts. I employ different strategies such as performance, theatricality, and the body. Through this framework reveals the disruption between the self, depiction, image, and representation. In short, my work is about the self in self-portrait, the portrait in self-portrait, and the hyphen in self-portrait.”