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Introduction

Khánh H. Lê (b. 1981, Long Dinh, Vietnam; lives and works in Washington, D.C.) continuously probes his personal and familial histories to carve out a cultural identity for himself. Lê creates dazzling compositions based on deteriorating photographs and collective memories of his and his relations’ experiences as refugees living in Vietnamese internment camps in the 1980s. Through the collaging of materials such as acrylic paintings, glitter, prints, and sparkling plastic craft jewels, Lê merges narratives—both horrific realities and idyllic fantasies—that are filled with tension as he explores notions of home, country, and safety.

Tephra ICA at Signature, located at the Signature apartment building in Reston, VA, is an innovative satellite gallery presenting a year-round schedule of exhibitions featuring local artists selected by GRACE’s curatorial staff. COVID-19 Precautions: For the health and well-being of everyone in our community, access in the Signature building is limited to residents only. All apartment tours require an appointment.

Installation Views

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Biography

Khánh Lê graduated with an MFA from Syracuse University in 2008. His work has been exhibited at the Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and locally at Vox Populi, Honfleur Gallery, DC Arts Center, Hillyer Art Space, Transformer, CulturalDC, Pyramid Atlantic, and Arlington Arts Center. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awarded Lê an Artist Fellowship for the Visual Arts in 2011, and 2015 through 2020. Lê was awarded second place in the Bethesda Painting Prize in 2018 and was a 2019 semifinalist of the Sondheim Artscape Prize in Baltimore.

We are proud to partner with Jabar Baig of Long & Foster Real Estate in Reston, who generously contributes a portion of his real estate commission on an ongoing basis to Tephra ICA in support of our youth art education and program initiatives

Selected Works

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Going Out for a Swim, 2019

Going Out for a Swim, 2019

His Outfit for the Holidays, 2020

His Outfit for the Holidays, 2020

Their New Bedroom, 2019

Their New Bedroom, 2019

Taking Her Sister Out with Her New Perm, 2019

Taking Her Sister Out with Her New Perm, 2019

A Brave New World for Him, 2019

A Brave New World for Him, 2019

His Family's New Home, 2020

His Family's New Home, 2020

Mother and Child, 2018

Mother and Child, 2018

His Family Waiting in the Living Room on the Other Side, 2020

She Waited for Her Family from this Point and Place, 2019

She Waited for Her Family from this Point and Place, 2019

Christmas Luncheon (II), 2020

Christmas Luncheon (II), 2020

We're still OK (II), 2020

We're still OK (II), 2020

Going Out for a Swim, 2019

Going Out for a Swim, 2019

His Outfit for the Holidays, 2020

His Outfit for the Holidays, 2020

Their New Bedroom, 2019

Their New Bedroom, 2019

Taking Her Sister Out with Her New Perm, 2019

Taking Her Sister Out with Her New Perm, 2019

A Brave New World for Him, 2019

A Brave New World for Him, 2019

His Family's New Home, 2020

His Family's New Home, 2020

Mother and Child, 2018

Mother and Child, 2018

His Family Waiting in the Living Room on the Other Side, 2020

She Waited for Her Family from this Point and Place, 2019

She Waited for Her Family from this Point and Place, 2019

Christmas Luncheon (II), 2020

Christmas Luncheon (II), 2020

We're still OK (II), 2020

We're still OK (II), 2020

Videos

In the Studio: Khánh H. Lê

In the Studio: Khánh H. Lê

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