Con quên bảo rằng/I forgot to tell you
The work "Con quên bảo rằng - I forgot to tell you" is a bilingual video
essay that shows a labyrinth of memory spaces which arose from the
confrontation and research on the American war in Vietnam.
The work is a personal revision and narrated from a 3rd generation perspective of (someone) growing up geographically and temporally far from war. It addresses the 2nd generation, the parental generation, who were never able to come to terms with their experiences caused by the war due to a lack of protected spaces, and whose perspective is marginalized in the historical documentation.
"Con quên bảo rằng - I forgot to tell you" is part of a website that additionally contextualizes the video and shows parts of the research journey.
Ái-Như is an illustrator living in Hamburg. Her current work deals with
sibling relationships - the biologically given and the chosen ones - and
how these shape one's own understanding of togetherness and care, as well
as the subject of growing up with collectivistic values in a
hyper-individualistic society. She uses the architecture of playgrounds
and labyrinths to locate memories and illustrate conflicts of thought.
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