San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)

Chinatown show deftly explores family dynamics

- — Tony Bravo

Photograph­er Gloria Wong brings photos from her “sik teng mm sik gong“(“pardon my Chinese”) series to the Friends Indeed Gallery this spring, and the timing feels perfectly aligned for this sampling.

The collection on display through May 7, titled “Gloria Wong: Three Tongues,” showcases her work exploring the intergener­ational, intercultu­ral dynamics in Chinese American families. The series was created primarily in Wong’s home, presenting domestic tableaux and familial interactio­ns in a soft, creamy focus.

To walk through San Francisco’s Chinatown to get to the glass storefront gallery, and see the images of Chinese elders, feels especially poignant during this moment, where images of violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community are all too prevalent.

“Gloria Wong: Three Tongues”: On view by appointmen­t through May 7. Free. Friends Indeed Gallery, 716 Sacramento St., S.F. For appointmen­t, email hello@ friendsind­ https://friends

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