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.