Coming Home

2015, Ongoing


Coming Home is a photography series about people and the family, friends, places, and things we call home. The people in these photographs identify to varying degrees as LGBTQ and as Asian American.

These images are a record of a personal journey about exploration and affirmation of identity, as well as appreciation for the ordinary. For three months, people welcomed me into their lives and into their homes. Over warm meals and many cups of tea, we shared our stories, our wants, and our worries. This series is dedicated to anyone who is searching for home.

I am actively looking for people interested in participating in this series. Send me an email at ash.ngu@gmail.com!

Timeline

April 2016: Solo exhibition held in the Mohr Gallery at the McMurtry building at Stanford in April 2016.

June 2016: Received the Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in the Humanities and the Creative Arts for Coming Home

Oct to Dec 2016: Photographs selected as part of the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition in the Stanford Art Gallery.

June 2016 to present: Four photographs on display at the Cantor Art Center's cafe.

Jan 2017 to present: Photobook forthcoming

Acknowledgments

Coming Home started out as a simple impulsive idea and blossomed into an incredible journey due to the generosity of a number of lovely people.

To the dozens of people who welcomed me into their home and introduced me to their world, my gratitude cannot be expressed in words. Thank you for your courage in sharing your stories: Thanh Nguyen, Dylan Simmons, Angela Wang, Taylor Souryachak, Sammie Wills, Danny Tai Pham, Narinda Heng, Shelby Barnachea, Ann Hoang and Anisa Khamvongsa, Roy Luo, Vicky and Hailee Luu-Pollard, Allison Santos, Diane Kim, Lena Nguyen, Juliana Nguyen, Lotus Dao, Willy Wilkinson, Natalie Thoreson, Marcella Gaddis, Hansa Srinivasan, Hane Lee, Elisa Young, Fei Mok, Grace Kong and Khanie Qi, Kevin Kwong and Jerome Tobias, Grace Park and Inger Brinck.

Jonathan Calm, who has been my teacher, mentor, and advocate. I would have been lost without your positivity, wisdom, and encouragement.

With gratitude to the Cantor Arts Center and the Department of Art & Art History.

Elizabeth Mitchell and Kim Mansfield from the Cantor for your support. This undertaking would not have happened without the generosity of the Cantor.

Lauren Douglas for equipment support and lighthearted banter as we traded the department camera back and forth.

Special thanks to Stanford Q&A, as well as MLin and the folks at API Equality Northern California for outreach support, and for your broader work advocating for the LGBTQ API community.

My dear friends for keeping me afloat with cheeky jokes and heartfelt conversations.

My family for your love, your willingness to grow together, and your patience with my wild and stubborn ways.