MOCATalks: Photographer Ka-Man Tse - narrow distances

Thu, Nov 1, 2018 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm



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Artist Talk & Book Signing with Ka-Man Tse
In Conversation with Herb Tam, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at MOCA 

Photographer Ka-Man Tse joins us for the New York premiere and book launch of her new book narrow distances, photographs she made between 2004-2018. Featuring essays, poetry and texts in both English and Chinese by: Yau Ching, Kaitlin Chan, Ken Chen, Anita Wong, Dorothy Cheung, Alfa Chan; and an interview with Elle Pérez.

narrow distances features photographs made between New York and Hong Kong and asks questions of home, identity, community, and subject-hood. What does it mean to look, who has the right to look, what does it mean to be seen? narrow distances address a desire to negotiate multiple and diasporic identities and are made within the intersection of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and LGBTQ communities. For more info or to purchase book please go to

Ka-Man Tse is a photographer, video artist and educator. She received an MFA from Yale University, and a BA from Bard College. She has exhibited her work at the Lianzhou Foto Festival in Guangdong, China; Para Site in Hong Kong, the WMA Masters Exhibition, Transition, in Hong Kong, the 2016 Hong Kong Contemporary Film Festival, and Videotage's Both Sides Now III – Final Frontiers. U.S. based exhibitions include the Museum of Chinese in America in New York, the Bronx Museum of the Arts; the Palm Springs Art Museum, Cornell University, Alfred University, Capricious Gallery, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and the Eighth Veil in Los Angeles. She has mounted solo shows at Lumenvisum in Hong Kong, the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA and the New York Public Library. She is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Robert Giard Fellowship, a 2017-2018 Research Award from Yale University Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies, and the 2018 Aperture Portfolio Prize. She taught at Yale University School of Art from 2013-2018, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Parsons The New School of Design. In 2018 she co-curated Daybreak: New Affirmations in Queer Photography at the Leslie-Lohman Museum with Matt Jensen. Her photographs have appeared in Monocole, Papersafe Magazine, NEWSPAPER, GR-09022017 published by Skreid in Oslo, Norway, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Capricious Magazine, O Magazine, Performa 07: Everywhere and All at Once, Salon, Huffington Post, Slate, Hyphen Magazine, Time Out New York, Time Out Hong Kong, and Ming Pao. Her first monograph, narrow distances, was published by Candor Arts in July 2018. She will have a solo exhibition at Aperture in New York in December 2018, and was chosen as a 2019 Artist Residence at Light Work in Syracuse, NY.