CANTONESE COWGIRL 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 Cantonese Cowgirl was meant to be a self portrait expressing how much I feel at home in Texas. Through the making of the piece, contemplations about my ancestral roots made me feel even more sure that although I am an immigrant, I was always meant to be where I am now in the first place. The mythologized Wild West idea became a symbol of diasporic people moving to a new place and always seeking to make a home wherever they find themselves." — 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.