Phuong M. Do, an MA graduate of Steinhardt’s studio art program, is a photographer who delves into complex questions of self-identity and cultural displacement. The exquisite lacquered photographs that make up her exhibition, “Made in Vietnam,” present an evocative and highly personal tour of Vietnam by night.
Born in Laos to Vietnamese parents, Do came to the U.S. at 11 years old and only visited Vietnam for the first time in 1998. She embarked on the nocturnal photographic expeditions that comprise “Made in Vietnam” on various trips there between 2000 and 2008.
Below is an audio slideshow of images, narrated by Do, on the genesis of her project and her interest in night-time photography.
“Made in Vietnam” runs through May 31 at the Gallery Space at Wagner, 2nd floor of the Puck Building, at 295 Lafayette Street. The exhibition was curated by Ann Chwatsky, faculty, Steinhardt department of art and art professions.