The Vietnam Exodus History Learning Project:
the exodus, the camps and the half-lived lives
In this series, Chung commissioned a group of young artists from present-day Ho Chi Minh City to make watercolors based on photographs of the refugee crisis in the late 1970s and ’80s. The images —- heart-wrenching and unsurprising to those familiar with the country’s forced migration -- were previously unknown to the artists painting them, having grown up in a country whose textbooks and public discourse do not acknowledge the crisis. Through the process, the artists begin to recover parts of their own past, and Chung effectively collapses the distinction between art and history, using one to understand the other.