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From Holly Stuart Hughes’s feature of Pipo Nguyen-duy’s exhibition “(My) East of Eden” in PDN:

Born in Hue, Vietnam, Pipo Nguyen-duy moved to the U.S. as a political refugee in 1975 when he was in his teens. Since 2005, when he returned for the thirtieth anniversary of the re-unification of North and South Vietnam, he has been creating photography and video projects that explore reconciliation, nationalism, memory and the aftermath of the war. His exhibition at ClampArt, “(My) East of Eden,” features large-scale prints of tableaux he staged in the Vietnamese countryside. Local boys and girls dressed in identical school uniforms enact scenes and rituals in rice paddies, lush fields and forests. Nguyen-duy, who heard gunfire almost every day as a child, says the series was his effort to reclaim his childhood and the fantasies of his youth, and to create a narrative “about a delicate attempt to rebuild a once destroyed paradise.”

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