Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba’s films explore Vietnamese history and national identity. Born in Tokyo and trained in the U.S., Nguyen-Hatsushiba returned to live in his father’s homeland of Vietnam in 1990. His video work, Memorial Project Nha Trang, Vietnam: Towards the Complex — For the Courageous, the Curious, and the Cowards, replaces visions of conflict with far more subversive and magical images of Vietnam, offering scenes of Vietnamese fishermen pulling cyclos (rickshaws) underwater toward an area where the artist stretched about thirty mosquito nets across the sea bed. For Nguyen-Hatsushiba “The meaning of ‘memorial’ in these works refers not only to recalling and acknowledging the past, but it is also something that brings us to the present and urges us to question for the future.” During his presentation he will discuss his creative paths returning to Vietnam and his ongoing series of memorial projects.
Sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
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