Tuan Andrew Nguyen, The Boat People, 2020, Single-channel video, 4k, Super 16mm transferred to digital, color, 5.1 surround sound, 20 mins. Image courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York
The exhibition features artwork of five Vietnamese American artists who critique the established historical narratives of the wars in Vietnam, colonialism, dislocation, and its long-lasting aftermath. Through archival footage, performance, song and innovative storytelling, these artists examine and expand recent histories, both personal and collective, as they address multigenerational trauma and loss. The exhibition highlights the complexities surrounding the concept of homeland for Vietnamese refugees and their children and the familiar feeling of liminality that many refugees experience across the globe.
Artists included are Tiffany Chung, Brandon Tho Harris, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Patricia Nguyen and Julian Saporiti.
Exhibition text by Dr. Catherine H. Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Asian Diasporic Literatures, Emerson College