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Thai Phan-Quang, also known as Thaiphy, has helped capture images in the Twin Cities for over 20 years. He has covered everything from skateboarding to the social justice movement with his lens.

For Art In This Present Moment, Thaiphy uses his passions for skateboarding and photography to create an innovative giving project using photo graffiti. Playing off a concept he got from a skateboard magazine, Thrasher, he captures images at a certain location and leaves a photo with a note encouraging finders to either take the photo or leave it for the next person to take and admire.

The Artist

Thai Phan-Quang - professional event and portrait photographer, skateboarder and skateboard videographer

The present is … so fleeting. And photography allows you to capture these moments and actually immortalize them. And it just fits in this present moment.

Thaiphy Phan-Quang

About the Organization

To combat the invisibility and dehumanization of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) women, Funny Asian Women Kollective (FAWK) uses humor and comedy to tell distinct stories of the Asian community.

Art In This Present Moment

This project is part of Art in This Present Moment, an initiative of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. We provided grants to three Minnesota-based nonprofit organizations to fund work by BIPOC artists who are changing and challenging dominant narratives through their craft.

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