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As You Grow Older

Artist Feature of Vân-Nhi Nguyễn

While Vietnam represents for many in the West a place where a war was fought or athletic shoes are made, its people bear witness to a richer and far more complex reality. To expand and challenge the existing perception and notions of the past that cling to a place is to see and understand the unruliness of it.

Flipping through the pages of a family photo album is much of a revelation to one. Alluring to look at the past and the period of time a person has lived through, though much to be discussed, this past, especially for Vietnamese people, is something heavy and hard to shake. For the contemporary people who no longer feel the connection with such events that happened, what is there left for us to identify with?

We depend on a thorough examination of the unique style and cultural significance of each image's landscape to allow it to convey its own narrative, to challenge and unveil whatever it desires to express.

The work is to observe the current environment of oneself with that of past memories. Documenting the change that policy and spaces could create an image that was done through both meticulous staging and scenarios, the unusual, often overlooked places and people where one finds themself positioned, and the spontaneous image - nothing but an illusion that society and power have created to change. This kind of illusion creates nostalgia. It is to present something between illusions of the past created over the years and happenings of the now.

In this work: Tạ Lê Hạnh- Thơ, the sisters Vân Lê, Dan Ni, Thái Linh, Annica, Ronny Ackah, Vũ Khôi Nguyên, Bùi Nhật Minh, Jonathan Poirier, Vũ Thu Hương, Nguyễn Nhật Minh Châu, Nguyễn Hà Phong, Nguyễn Hiếu Ngọc, Xứng, Bùi Đức Thảo.

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