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Presented by MPS Digital Photography

i3 Photo Lecture: Tommy Kha – Online

Apr 7, 2020, 7:00 pm

Color photograph of a very tall black man bending over at the waist to kiss a much shorter Asian man on the lips. The setting is the outside of a nail salon at night.
Credit: Tommy Kha

Please note: Due to the evolving novel coronavirus situation, this event will be presented on Zoom.


Most recently on view in New York City, "Return to Sender" is one of Tommy Kha's many iterations on the notion of self-portraiture. In this particular body of work, Kha performs intimacy for the camera by enlisting strangers to kiss him on the lips, any way they choose. As a queer Asian man from the southern United States, the stakes of these proposals can be high, and it is not often that we see bodies like his getting kissed in the popular media or even on gallery walls. Click here to join the lecture online.


The MPS Digital Photography i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture series features leading photographers and artists, hardware and software developers and industry experts.

Color photograph of a vintage 1960s style kitchen in electric blue tones with a cardboard cutout of a young Asian man in a white Elvis Presley outfit.
Credit: Tommy Kha
Color photograph of a completed puzzle showing a portrait of an Asian man on a dark background. Some pieces seem to be missing or in the wrong place.
Credit: Tommy Kha
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