Waking up to exploding bombs with cameras, lenses over my shoulders, and returning to refugee camps was my childhood vision of myself as a war correspondent. I am Phuong Hoang, a visual storyteller who grew up in the 1990s in Hanoi, Vietnam – a millennial capital that has become a center of politics and culture in Southeast Asia. My work is a creative use of photography and other multimedia approaches to tell stories that focus on the underprivileged. With various techniques such as interviews, research and data analysis from my 15 years of journalism experience, I explore my subjects conceptually and critically with a touch of humour. I believe in humanity, self-awareness and self-reflection.
In 2022, a group of artists from different parts of the world gathered in Arles for a residency program led by renowned photographer Antoine d’Agata. They used photography and archival materials to explore the complex concept of identity and address pressing social issues. The result is an exquisite blend of voices, colors, and points of view that challenges us to reflect on, empathize with, and relate to the intricate fabric of our shared human experience.
The artists in this exhibition come from a variety of countries and backgrounds, and their work celebrates multicultural identities and explores a wide range of socio-cultural and political issues, such as immigration, post-colonialism, gender, and freedom. The exhibition reflects on the difficulties of living between cultures and developing an identity within borders by inviting the viewers to reflect on their own experiences of isolation, loneliness, insecurity, and vulnerability, and encourages them to develop empathy and understanding across borders.