The first 14 images of it’s just a phase? represents my own confusion navigating my life. Youth is normally associated with energy, strength, and freedom. However, youth also comes with confusion about one’s own identity, a limited view of the world as well as great fear of the unknown.
With the last six images, I explore the idea of time and its fleeting nature. There is a great sense of fear and anxiety in knowing that time is limited. Experiencing time passing and the fleeting nature of youth, we often feel both confusion and fear. By displaying these two sets of images side by side, I hope to illustrate a different side to being young.
no word for identity 2018
This is my most personal project to date. In Vietnamese society, there is often a “proper” way of behaving. Growing up, I often feel the need to succumb to a collective identity rather than expressing my own individuality. It troubled me greatly that I could not find a close translation for the word identity in the Vietnamese language. However, I still define a large part of myself as being Vietnamese.
Through these images, I am being critical of my own culture that I love dearly. The photos also represent my own internal conflict trying to express my individuality in a collective society.
Earrings are very important to my friends Diem and Zun. By accessorizing, they are finding unique ways to express their identities. The earrings are statements on living freely, boldly, and happily.
week's worth of trash 2018
I documented every piece of trash I made within one week, excluding food waste. Whether it was for basic necessities such as food or for creative activities such as art making, I was inadvertently releasing plastic waste into the environment.
The entire world of consumer goods is made of plastic. In order to live my life comfortably, I was creating an incredible amount of trash. Through this project, I aimed to be more conscious of how my decisions are affecting the environment.