BLACK LION, BLACK RIBBON PRINT BY TSZ KAM
This is an archival digital print by Future Front Texas' 2019 Residency Artist, Tsz Kam; 8.5 x 11 in.
The lion dance is a traditional celebratory dance in Chinese culture. The lion depicted in the piece is of the Cantonese variety, commonly seen within diasporic Cantonese cultural hubs. Black Lion, Black Ribbon memorialize the political movement in Hong Kong in 2019. — Tsz Kam
About Tsz Kam: Tsz Kam was born in colonial Hong Kong and moved to Texas at age 13. Kam’s family history of being political refugees of communist China runs parallel to their own escape from Hong Kong culture. As a first generation immigrant, Kam explores the outsider and insider perspectives through the lens of a gender non-binary person, both when observing American culture and looking back at their Sino roots. Kam investigates their own gender and cultural identities through Western consumerist imageries and motifs of Hong Kong folk practices. By using escapism and nostalgia as an expression, Kam reestablishes a sense of belonging through their works.