Photographer Corky Lee to Exhibit “A Place Called Asian America” at Tufts University, March 2013
“A Place Called Asian America”
An exhibition of photographs by Corky Lee
On view March 1, 2013 – March 29, 2013
Slater Concourse Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center, 40 Talbot Avenue, Tufts University
Opening Reception and Public Talk by Corky Lee
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 6:00-8:00 PM
Remis Sculpture Court, Aidekman Arts Center, 40 Talbot Avenue, Tufts University
Photography Workshop: Visual Storytelling with Corky Lee
Thursday, March 7, 2013, 6:30-8:30 PM
Alumnae Lounge, Aidekman Arts Center, 40 Talbot Avenue, Tufts University
Space is limited; advance registration required:
“A Place Called Asian America”, an exhibition of photographs by Corky Lee, will be on view at the Slater Concourse Gallery at Tufts University from March 1-29, 2013. Corky Lee is a New York-based photojournalist who, for nearly four decades, has made it his mission to document the lives of Asian Americans, which have been ignored by mainstream media. The photographs in this exhibition feature portraits and scenes that show the range of Asian American faces and experiences, both historical and contemporary.
At once intensely personal and socially conscious, Lee’s work crosses the divides of different Asian ethnicities and presents a rich picture of Asian Americans adjusting and finding their place in America. Lee’s work is imbued with an unyielding passion for community activism, and the photographs in this exhibition challenge stereotypes by offering diverse images of the often invisible and excluded Asian American communities. In an interview in AsianWeek, Lee commented: “I’d like to think that every time I take my camera out of my bag, it’s like drawing a sword to combat indifference, injustice and discrimination, trying to get rid of stereotypes.”
According to the 2010 Census, Asian Americans are currently the fastest growing racial group in the United States, yet they remain a largely invisible and overlooked population in mainstream society. “A Place Called Asian America” aims to shine a light on Asian American communities by chronicling their rich histories and experiences and bringing them to life.
This program is sponsored by the Asian American Studies Minor Committee, American Studies Program, Asian American Center, and Asian American Alliance at Tufts University with support from the Nat R. & Martha M. Knaster Charitable Trust. Corky Lee will give a public talk at an opening reception, which will be held in the Remis Sculpture Court, 40 Talbot Avenue, at Tufts University on Wednesday, March 6, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Lee will also lead a photography workshop for students, faculty, and community members interested in using photographs for on Thursday, March 7, 6:30 – 8:30 PM in Alumnae Lounge, 40 Talbot Avenue, at Tufts University. All events are open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
To find out more, please visit: http://aplacecalledasianamerica.wordpress.com/.
Contact: Thomas Chen, Lecturer in American Studies, Tufts University