20 x 16 inch archival inkjet print
Edition 1 of 2 + 1 AP
“How do you tell the story of your lover? In death, does he slip from this tethered status as well as from life? Is he no longer your lover? Does this make it easier to tell his story, or less so? Ho Tam’s arrangement of Kirby Hsu’s life (Dec 10, 1954 - July 13, 1995), through the pages of Ghost Image, is chronological ... a young boy photographed sitting on his mother’s lap, then posing alongside his brother in front of the family car, followed by holiday time, year book pages, vacation snapshots, amid the scenery, the landscape looming large. We remember the breezes and the sun and sometimes the ruined dinners and the fistful of medications. He is young and he is beautiful, fit, often shirtless. About half-way through the book he appears holding the camera himself. Are these self-portraits? More celebrations and holidays and vacation shots, contact sheets, documentation from protests and marches, identification cards, mixed in amongst the diary entries noting his HIV positive status, his T-cell counts, and then his obituary. Each image in this series is printed in the negative. Skin tones are a dark blue, trees are purple, black hair is white. This suggests the possibility of being in both worlds: above and below, simultaneously; ‘past.future’.” (from Ho Tam: Ghost Image, Richmond Art Gallery (2018) by Kegan McFadden)
Born in Hong Kong, Ho Tam is a media/visual artist who has worked in advertising and community psychiatry. He received a BA from McMaster University and an MFA from Bard College (NY). From 1996 to 1997, he was a participant at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Tam has exhibited in public galleries and alternative spaces across Canada, including the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (2001), and the survey exhibition, Cover To Cover at the Richmond Art Gallery, BC (2018). Over 15 of his experimental film/video works are in circulation including screenings at Centre Pompidou, Paris, Toronto International Film Festival, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, and the travelling exhibition Magnetic North: Canadian Experimental Video organized by the Walker Art Center, Minnesota. Tam is a recipient of various grants and awards, including the Grand Marnier Video Fellowship (2003) from the Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York) and the Best Documentary Feature at Tel Aviv GLBT Film Festival. From 2004 to 2011, Tam taught in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Victoria. He currently lives in Vancouver, BC and recently edited and published Frontline: Interviews with International Photo-based Artists. He is also the publisher of 88Books, an independent press of artist books.
HO TAM, Untitled from Ghost Image, 2016/2020
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