Duy Phuong Le Nguyen – Holding Water


Duy Phuong Le Nguyen’s color series “Holding Water” is about the people of Tri An Lake in Vietnam.

Duy Phuong Le Nguyen sent me the following information about the series:

I found myself in Tri An Lake by chance, only to be overwhelmed by the landscape.

As my acquaintance with the place deepened, I was allowed to tag along the people whose lives revolve around the rising and ebbing of the tides. Somehow my life became interwoven into their daily life and interior world, amidst a sublime and spellbinding background.

The lake, with both its dreamlike characteristics and the physicality of its landscapes, merges with the people and their existence, all becoming an oneiric part of my work. I immersed myself in the waters, carried away by its currents, the way a stranger immerses himself in the life of the local people, carried away by the intimacy and confidence they shared with him. Humans, nature and memories appear and vanish, like the glimmering reflections in the river of life.

After years of coming and going, I still fail to grasp the true meaning of my work. It keeps evading me like water slipping through the fingers trying in vain to hold it. The fragility of childhood, separation, loss and longing, leaves their marks on me, the imprints of their lives.

Duy Phuong Le Nguyen’s bio:

Born in 1984 in Tan An, Vietnam. Duy Phuong Le Nguyen lives and works in Ho Chi Minh city. The dominant style of his work combines documentary approach and staging.

He was selected to participate Artists in Residence at École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles in France while studying at University in Ho Chi Minh city. His work has been exhibited at Museum of Quai Branly in Paris, L’Espace – French Cultural Center in Hanoi, Sao La Art Space at Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum.

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