Đi thì không có đường về (Leave, then there is no way home), I use photography, observational video, sound and storytelling to create an immersive installation about migration, memory, agency, and transformation in my parents’ home villages in Vietnam and in South Philadelphia, the neighborhood where I grew up and is today home to immigrants of all generations and diverse backgrounds. Tracing the cultural and spiritual affinities between communities half the world apart, the installation renders visible the richness of their social life and collective history.
Additional Camera, Philadelphia: Corey Austin Chao
Installation Coordinator: Basmah Sorathia
Carpenter: Drahos Petrucha
Technical Assistant: Muthi Reed
This work was commissioned by the Asian Arts Initiative, with original funding from the Pew Center for Art and Heritage, Philadelphia. It was on exhibit May 2018, at the SEAMAAC Community Outreach Office in South Philadelphia, as part of the (ex)CHANGE: History Place Presence project.
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