'Reframes’ is a collective experiment I created with psychologist Lili Ly and linguistics enthusiast Hoa Le. We organised 2 workshops and an outdoor exhibition/walk in response to the invitation to be part of Encounter Bow festival 2021, curated by Moi Tran. A group of women with Vietnamese heritage get together for a chat, a bánh mì and some pinhole photography. It is the beginning of a conversation, the continuity of a conversation and the end of some conversations altogether. 'Reframes' plays with photography and languages to talk about our varied experiences of migration and strategies of resisting violences. What repeats in our life? How can we reframe what repeats in restorative ways? Our group responded to the public space around Chisenhale Dance Space and, on 12th June, for the public event, we walked together and followed traces of those conversations, created new ones and shared photographs, words and food. An opportunity for all to reflect on the following: what are the memories that we want to hold onto, the ones that feed us and reconnect us to what we can do?
Pop up darkroom at Chisenhale Dance Space, May 2021. Photo: Lili Ly
Exhibition and walk 12th June at Encounter Bow festival
Photos: Zbigniew Kotkiewicz