Other Futures

Kwinnie Lê

​Kwinnie Lê shares a tattoo ritual: “During the pandemic, I started mapping the [colonial] histories of tattooing across cultures. I assumed the Vietnamese had none as I still have to hide most of my tattoos from my family, who taught me that tattoos belonged to criminals only. While uncovering this history, I couldn’t help but find a similar experience within queerness – from being villainized to the hidden parts of my identities. A body so familiar. A body to be reclaimed.. a way of reimagining ancestral legacy. A way of sacred protection.”