Through contemporary art and writings, new traveling exhibit Textures of Remembrance: Vietnamese Artists and Writers Reflect on the Vietnamese Diaspora explores a date that impacts many Vietnamese Americans: April 30, 1975, the official end of the war in Vietnam.
April 30 is a date often remembered poignantly, especially by those of South Vietnamese descent; as well, it is a date that denotes new beginnings. On this date in 1975, North Vietnamese forces captured Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, marking the end of the Vietnam War. Reflecting on this day from past to present through written words, visual creations, and audiovisual components, this interdisciplinary exhibit reveals an intimate perspective of the diasporic experience that has been gathered, created, collected and re-collected, and imagined and re-imagined since 1975.
These stories of personal struggles and memories demonstrate the effects of the Vietnam war on identity, sense of family and community, and representation. Importantly, this exhibition shares works made within and for the Vietnamese diasporic community, and by emerging writers and artists, to humanize the Vietnamese diasporic/refugee experience from the inside-out.
The project aims to present a humanities-driven exploration of the impact of the Vietnam War, collect and share stories in the diasporic Vietnamese community to foster healing and connection, build intergenerational and cross-cultural understanding, and counter stereotypes of and racism towards Vietnamese Americans and refugees.
Textures of Remembrance is a traveling exhibit created in partnership by the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, Exhibit Envoy, and Oakland Asian Cultural Center. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and California Arts Council, a state agency with a mission to strengthen arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. Visit calhum.org and arts.ca.gov.
- Rental Fee:
- $3,750 + shipping for an 8-week booking
- Approx. 1,000 sq. ft.
- English, Vietnamese, Spanish
- Installation Images:
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- Over (35) 2D works, including photographs, drawings, and paintings, accompanied by artist statements
- (3) 3D works to be displayed in cases, accompanied by artist statements
- (1) interactive, participatory artwork
- (13) short poem and prose text panels
- Multiple short videos accompanied by artist statements
- Interpretive text panels providing historical context
- Exhibition press kit with digital images
- Suggested resources and programming ideas
- Optional online version of the exhibition (for an additional $250)
Schedule and Availability
January 16, 2022 – March 13, 2022
Kaddatz Galleries, Fergus Falls, MN
March 27, 2022 – June 13, 2022
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Oakland, CA
October 23, 2022 – May 22, 2023
Global Museum, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
June 11, 2023 – August 6, 2023
August 27, 2023 – November 19, 2023 (12 weeks)
January 7, 2024 – March 3, 2024
Chandler Museum, Chandler, AZ
March 17, 2024 – May 12, 2024
San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA
June 2, 2024 – July 28, 2024
August 18, 2024 – October 13, 2024
November 3, 2024 – December 29, 2024
January 19, 2025 – March 9, 2025
March 30, 2025 – May 25, 2025
June 15, 2025 – August 10, 2025
August 31, 2025 – October 26, 2025
November 16, 2025 – January 11, 2026
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