Presence, Absence, MemoryScenes from my mother Nguyễn Thị Sáu’s ancestral village of Mỹ Long and burial sites of family members are projected on her áo dài. Traces of the past and present bring to light the longing to remember one’s homeplace through our relationship to the passing of our loved ones and the distances in between.
Song by Trịnh Công Sơn
Performed by Trần Thị Diễm Khanh
I will forever be grateful to my cousin Lê Tấn Phát, for guiding me through my mother's village and for keeping alive its historical memory.
Boone Nguyen is a recipient of the 2018/19 MCAD-Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Early Career Artists, administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and funded by the Jerome Foundation.