Irene Kai


What Do You See is an appropriately titled exhibition of photographs depicting the human body by Hong Kong born author, activist and artist Irene Kai. Now on view at Found Gallery in Los Angeles, the artist’s work explores multiple aspects of the human body, which challenge the viewer’s perception and ideas of sexuality. The artist achieves this through her series of ambiguous though sexually suggestive photographs. The series was originally created while the artist was a student, and was exhibited by the Royal College of Art in London in 1976. Princess Margaret was said to be shuffled past the exhibition as it was deemed too provocative at that time. The exhibition caused significant conflict within the institution and eventually lead to changes in the Royal College’s hiring policy.

Kai’s artistic practice is varied and includes photography, graphic design, authoring, and activism. The artist attended both the School of the Visual Arts in New York City and the Royal College of Art in London. Kai has also published a book of the exhibited images under the same titled of the show, and will have a book signing at Found Gallery two days before the exhibition closing on June 30th.