Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Liza Nguyen, DIEN BIEN PHU, 2005
Liza Nguyen, DIEN BIEN PHU, 2005
2007 Featured Exhibition

Liza Nguyen
Surface/Postcards from Vietnam

May 5–June 2, 2007
Gallery 44
401 Richmond St W, Ste 120

Liza Nguyen’s work explores representation,
memory and
aesthetics that question how the past is created,
discussed
and remembered. Nguyen’s practice also actively
engages
issues of how to create links between aesthetics
and ethics.

Souvenirs of Vietnam exemplifies this
way of
working as it commemorates, in a very particular
way, the
30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. Nguyen’s
Surface
series depicts samples of soil she collected from
historic sites
of battle. Names such as Hanoi, Saigon and
My
Lai
evoke vivid images of horrific events, the
ground a
metaphor for a stained history. Postcards of
Vietnam
is
a series of photographs shot in Vietnam war
museums,
ironically replacing typical tourist postcards with
images
depicting war and ruin, including those of old
weapons,
bunkers and cemeteries.

Liza Nguyen has exhibited widely throughout
Europe, Asia
and North America. Her book My Father
received
several French awards and was published by
Schaden.com in
2006. Souvenirs of Vietnam has received
the
FNAC
Prize and the International Biennial of Art of Lulea
(Sweden)
Award.

Gallery 44 wishes to acknowledge the
Consulate of France in Toronto for their support.

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