"War Bride" by Sanh Tran

"War Bride" by Sanh Tran


 "Scratch" by Sanh Tran

"Scratch" by Sanh Tran

 

 

"In the series of self-portraits entitled 'Scratch', I explored the representations of women and Asian cultures in American media of the 1950s and 1960s. In 'Scratch', I started by appropriating the icon and fetish of the American housewife that originated after World War II. In 'Scratch: War Bride', I recreated a popular narrative of the mid-century war bride. These self-portraits document the process of domestic acts and scratch at the performance of race, ethnicity, and sexuality."

 

Sanh Brian Tran was the first person in his immigrant Vietnamese family to join the ranks of the white-collar worker. He promptly broke his first-generation parents’ hearts by quitting his attorney profession to become a self-taught photographer. Influenced by his background, he explores themes of identity and class through fashion and taste culture. Tran moved from San Francisco, California, to a small town in central Pennsylvania, upon which he turned the camera on himself to explore and examine what it means to be non-White and gay in rural America.

 
 
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