F.O.B.II: Art Speaks

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  1. F.O.B.II: Art Speaks [Nghệ Thuật Lên Tiếng] January 9-15, 2009
  2. F.O.B II: Foyer of VAALA Center
  4. RECONSTRUCTING MEMORY: Nguyen Viet Hung Freedom 2: 7 days through the sea Photo by Jenni Trang Le
  5. RECONSTRUCTING MEMORY: Nguyen Viet Hung Freedom 2: 7 days through the sea I crossed the sea to arrive at the Philippines in 1981, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1982. The seven-nights journey was on a small fishing boat, taking many risks with the storms. The ocean could either bury me or carry me to the promised land, and it ended up giving us mercy after the challenges. The seven-nights journey across the sea is so short in comparison to the amount of time I’ve spent in my second homeland, from 1982 to 2008. In this time, I have completed a new project about that journey then. Describing that journey on the ocean from Vietnam to the Phillippines, 7 boats are 7 days on the water, face-to-face with danger on the endless ocean; life-death, hope-despair… Freedom is not a given. I do not create these types of paintings often, but I’m not sure why I’ve returned to my memories, feeling like I have to paint, so that the worries about life’s uncertainties can settle… I choose this work to participate in the exhibition Art Speaks as a way to speak about the origins of the Vietnamese diaspora of Little Saigon. Although the Vietnamese immigrants have arrived here by different journeys, we all have freedom in common. But freedom is not a destination nor is it tangible. It is an ongoing journey. Freedom needs to be maintained and protected. And the best method: freedom of an individual cannot infringe on other individuals’ freedom. Freedom is a way of choosing. Freedom is so rare, do not abuse it and do not lose it.
  6. RECONSTRUCTING MEMORY: Ann Phong, Mending My art reflects the feelings and thoughts of people who have experienced hardships in their lives. Many have suffered through difficult living conditions while being uprooted from their homeland, only to settle down in a new territory which resembles nothing about their culture but promises freedom. Even more have felt disconnected with the younger generations who have seemed to lose their heritage years after. We Photo by Kieu Linh Valverde Vietnamese in particular develop complex and restrained emotions. To survive in these desperate situations, we reinforce ourselves with optimistic attitudes.
  7. RECONSTRUCTING MEMORY: Ann Phong, An Advice
  8. RECONSTRUCTING MEMORY: Nguyen Trong Khoi Image courtesy of artist Seed of Life
  9. RECONSTRUCTING MEMORY: Nguyen Trong Khoi Seed of Life When I was in Viet Nam, I heard and saw the suffering of many people or those who had to endure many tragedies in their journey to freedom. I witnessed how these tragedies happened every single day…I use painting, then, in order to express first and foremost the pent-up emotions that are harbored inside of me. I painted Seed of Life non-stop for about 3 hours. The painting was quickly finished as to mark my own emotions. At the same period of time, I also produced another work called Nostalgia (which includes 3 paintings put together and are oil on canvas, measuring 48”x90”). Seed of Life was exhibited in my solo art show at City Hall in Boston, MA, in 1993 as a sharing of pain and loss of my people and community. The biggest tragedy of my people has been the waste of human life. What I would like to say about Seed of Life is that preserving life is the most important and necessary act. The work of protecting the life of your country is an essential duty; as a result, every person must become immensely valued. Being able to live is a right that I believe needs to be sustained and passed down through the generations.
  10. RECONSTRUCTING MEMORY: Dao Hai Trieu Nautical Dreams and The Waves Images courtesy of artist
  11. RECONSTRUCTING MEMORY: Dao Hai Trieu Nautical Dreams and The Waves I often reminisce of the sea—the place of my rebirth— whose temperamental waves shift without warning between the peaceful serenity of a calm day and the unforgiving rage of the violent storm; its volatile mood marked by the gloom of the gray morning suddenly made vibrant red, only deepen into purple sullenness. It is an incomprehensible vastness, a world immeasurable. I offer the sea, my temperamental savior, the most fragrant flower—a gesture of thanks for all the freedoms it has nourished on this endless journey.
  12. RECONSTRUCTING MEMORY: Binh Danh, Pulau Bidong Series
  13. RECONSTRUCTING MEMORY: Binh Danh Pulau Bidong Series Over the summer of 2002, my mother and I visited a little abandoned island off the coast of Malaysia called Pulau Bidong, the site of a Vietnamese refugee camp where we had lived. We explored the island by taking photographs and gathering ephemeral documents scattered throughout the deserted buildings. These photographs resulting from our visit allowed us to remember the past and focus on the present.
  14. RECONSTRUCTING MEMORY: Long Nguyen Tales of Yellow Skin #18 and #28 Photo by Lan Duong
  15. RECONSTRUCTING MEMORY: Le T. Que-Huong To Cali with Love I and II Images courtesy of artist
  16. RECONSTRUCTING MEMORY: Le T. Que-Huong To Cali with Love I and II I live and celebrate life now in California. But so often, my heart and soul still tremble when I receive a familiar “AIR MAIL” envelope with marks and handwriting so distinctively from Viet Nam, the faraway land that holds so much memory for me; the land that still nurtures many seeds for my art. My paintings are like “maps” to reveal and convey the emotional connection of my past…and present.
  18. YOUTH CULTURE AND IDENTITY POLITICS: Demon Slayer Family Give Love, Get Loved This work navigates attention to the dualistic dialogue steaming between diferent generations of Vietnamese living in America today. The distinct intertwined cultural and social aspects merge with traditional views and nationalistic identities of program. Photos by Jenni Trang Le
  19. YOUTH CULTURE AND IDENTITY POLITICS: Demon Slayer Family Give Love, Get Loved Photos by Jenni Trang Le
  20. YOUTH CULTURE AND IDENTITY POLITICS: Dan Duy Nguyen, Cosmic Emnesty The first in a series dedicated to the humanistic experience within an infinite universe. This piece exemplifies specifically the feminine energies of our reality, focused and manifested as a human female. The title "Cosmic Emnesty" can be broken down and further examined to reiterate the message of the piece. "Cosmic" alludes to the cosmos, both micro and macro realities as we know it. The "Em" in "Emnesty" specifically relates to the Vietnamese system of masculine / feminine identification, a cultural product of tradition. The artist has created a slang term for "your majesty,” shortened and combined with "Em" to emerge as "Emnesty.” The image and title highlight a trinity that is connected by the whole; three points of the same triangle: Queen, Em, and Cosmic Human.
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