WHILE WE WAITED: Works by Khánh H. Lê

Hyattsville, MD—For Khánh H. Lê, identity plays a central role in artistic output. Recent refugee crises have made the artist reflect on his personal experience of waiting with his family for permission to come to the United States in the late 80s. Through prints and mixed-media collage, he layers together fragmented memories and images, including photographs of D.C.'s Vietnamese community, to create a new historical narrative that is reflective of the tension within identity.

Sitting There to Wait For, 2018

WHILE WE WAITED runs October 18 through November 17, 2019, with an opening reception on Friday, October 18 from 6:30–9 pm. Gallery hours: 10 am–6 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 12–5 pm on Sunday. The exhibition and reception are FREE and open to the public. Pyramid Atlantic is located at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, Maryland 20781. More information can be found at pyramidatlanticartcenter.org or by calling 301-608-9101.

“These photographs serve as fragmented memories that allowed me to create new narratives as I collage using scrapbooking and mixed-media materials. I transform everyday family photo albums into colorful abstractions using gold gelly roll pen, sequins, acrylic stickers and acrylic crystals.”

Lê graduated with his BFA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and his MFA from Syracuse University. He was selected as a Denbo Fellow at Pyramid Atlantic in the fall of 2018 where he worked on this body of work and incorporating screenprinting techniques into his practice. Lê’s work has been exhibited at the Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton, NJ), Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (Chautauqua, NY), Corcoran Gallery of Art, Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (Wilmington), Arlington Arts Center, Honfleur Gallery, D.C. Arts Center, Washington Project for the Arts, and Transformer. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awarded Lê the Artist Fellowship for the Visual Arts in 2016. Lê lives and works in Washington, DC, where he actively explores and questions the notion of identities through the lenses of culture and memories.


This exhibition is made possible in part through funding from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County. ​


Founded in 1981, Pyramid Atlantic is a nonprofit contemporary art center fostering the creative disciplines of papermaking, printmaking, and book arts within a collaborative community. We equip, educate, and exhibit in our historic Hyattsville home. Our vision is to create an artistic hub in Hyattsville that inspires and enables local, national, and international artists to create and innovate in our core disciplines; elevates the local arts and small business scene; and enhances the quality of life for artists and neighbors. We value artistic excellence, infrastructure for artists, hands-on experiences, and collaboration.


Larger image available upon request.