Tiane Doan Na Champassak (FR, 1973)
Tiane Doan na Champassak is a French visual artist. In the last 15 years, he has developed a complex body of work infusing his own photographic production with techniques of appropriation, variation, re-use and repetition. Champassak subjects materials from the internet, personal memorabilia, vernacular photography and magazine cuttings to a large variety of processes linked to the conceptual arsenal of postmodernism, challenging themes such as sexuality, gender identity and censorship. All his self-published books are released under the label Siam’s Guy Books.
He won both the Roger Pic and Villa Médicis Hors-les-Murs awards in 2001 as well as a grant from the Jean-Luc Lagardère foundation in 1997. In 2003 he published his first book Le sexe des anges, a project on transgendered communities in five countries. Since then, many books have followed, many of them becoming highly covetable pieces for collectors because of their unique subjects and craftsmanship. His works have been shown at various festivals and museums internationally such as the Noorderlicht photo festival, the MEP in Paris, Visa pour L’Image in Perpignan and Images in Vevey Switzerland. Champassak is also active as a documentary film maker, with his films showing at festivals such as TIFF and IDFA.