“LOVE SONGS” by Phuc Le | 17th November | TOM House

Self Portrait w/ Durk’s Chain Link Vest & Boots,
2018, C-print, 16×20 inches

LOVE SONGS is a photographic series I made during my residency at Tom of Finland Foundation. This body of work focuses on idolizing and celebrating Queer Asian guys through a romantic narrative. It’s also my personal journey of exploring desire, community, and self love. I dedicate it to all Queer Asian-Americans. I want us to be proud, be visible, love ourselves and each other. So when people look back, they will see that we were here and we didn’t get erased.

Concerning gender, race and sexuality, it’s easy to feel invisible if one’s identity doesn’t belong to a delineated group. During my formative years, the absence of Queer Asian representation in porn and pop culture contributed to my skewed sense of self love and an inability to love a body and a narrative that reflected my own. LOVE SONGS is my effort to increase Gay/Queer Asian-American visibility.–Phuc Le, 2018, TOM House

PHUC LE, Duke and Me from Song 1, 2018, Xerox print, 36×36 inches

Born in Vietnam (1985) and grew up in Orange County, Phuc Le is currently living and making work in Los Angeles. Focusing on social structures and relationships that exist in his immediate reality, Le makes photographic prints utilizing a combination of analog and digital photography. He was a collective member of Flux Factory in New York City, and is currently a part of the Navel Collective in LA.

Opening reception: Saturday, 6-10p.
Performances by Tyler Holmes, Moises Josue Michel and Duke Tran.

On view through 25th November by appointment.