- Part of...At the Still Point of the Turning World
- Gallery 1
Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba's Memorial Project is a trilogy of works made between 2001 and 2003, commemorating a specific historical trauma: the Vietnamese boat people, homeless refugees wandering the Pacific at the end of the Vietnam War.
Nguyen-Hatsushiba explores this subject through a series of metaphorical performances shot underwater. These beautiful, dreamlike works suggest the paradoxes and problems of being 'in-between'.
Shown here is the first work in the trilogy Memorial Project Nha Trang, Vietnam: Towards the Complex - For the Corageous, the Curious and the Cowards (2001), in which Nguyen-Hatsushiba collaborated with a group of friends and fishermen in Vietnam who drove into the IndoChina sea on 'cyclos' - three-wheeled bicycle taxis. Deep below the surface, they anchored mosquito nets to the seabed, thus creating an underwater memorial. The laborious process of peddling through the murky depths suggest the muted, slowly turning mechanisms of memory.
Without diving equipment, the fishermen struggle to hold their breath, periodically rushing to the surface for air.
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