For the last 10 years I have explored photography as a performative process that produces new spaces of reflection and potential for critical action in the UK, France, Vietnam. I regularly collaborate with theatre makers, schools, universities and grassroots organisations in order to create relationships and performances where time slows down and people come together.

 

Through visual experimentations of writing, drawing and painting with light, this process inquires into the underlying structural violence and the roles played by the photographic medium in relation to those themes and is informed by the histories of colonialism, personal stories and present socio-political contexts and concerns. I am particularly interested in collectively reframing and responding to the ruptures in transmission affecting diaspora communities, in my case as a woman of Vietnamese heritage.

I co-run the Gate Darkroom in Woolwich, a community darkroom welcoming all who wish to engage with black & white and alternative photographic processes in a communal and supportive environment. I am a facilitator at Fotosynthesis (participatory photography) and an associate artist of Asia-Art-Activism research network.

Photo credit JDW