Confronted, 2012 by Tim Tam

image of Confronted 2012 by Tim Tam

Artist's statement

This work is inspired by renowned graffiti artist, Banksy. I had been planning a series of portraits in which subjects contend with evil shadows, representing the darker aspects of their nature. Kiem Nguyen approached me independently with the same idea, except the shadows would be graffiti art in the style of Banksy. This image also references the infamous execution of Nguyễn Văn Lém by Nguyễn Ngọc Loan on a street in Saigon on February 1, 1968.