The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN)

Learning the word diaspora from Effie helped me to extend my research and find out more about the contemporary context of my work. “The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) primary mission is to promote stories from the Vietnamese diaspora.” I didn’t realise that there was an organised network of diasporic Vietnamese creators! By connecting and sharing work… Continue reading The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN)

Finalising Composition

After re-thinking my final outcome yesterday, I spoke to one of my tutors today to get feedback on which of the two ideas ( a set of GIFs, or video montage combined with audio) would be more successful. Explaining my thought process verbally helped me continue the clarifying process I had started by writing yesterday’s… Continue reading Finalising Composition

Cecile Emeke | strolling

I discovered Cecile Emeke’s films after filming the interview with my mum, however it is still interesting to see an alternative way of interviewing people, especially on the topic of heritage. One thing I’ve noticed is that the music in Emeke’s films keeps up the pace and makes the film more engaging. However, its also… Continue reading Cecile Emeke | strolling

Sally Waterman

Knowing that I want to use juxtaposition and layering within my work, I was curious to see how other artists have incorporated these two techniques (eg Chila Burman). Waterman’s series ‘Keep Smiling’ (2015) addresses the generational differences in communication and recording of informtion; analogue versus digital. Seeing the slideshow made me think of how Effie commented on… Continue reading Sally Waterman

Myra Greene | sketches for something Myra Greene’s response to traditional African textiles is very thought-provoking to me. “Growing up in Harlem, I often walked past stores selling African textiles.  I was …subconsciously informed that as a black woman I should have an inherent relationship to these materials. I am attracted to the fabric as material and color, but felt… Continue reading Myra Greene | sketches for something

Chila Kumari Burman | Beyond Two Cultures

A lot of the ideas discussed in Lynda Nead’s Chila Kumari Burman: Beyond Two Cultures (1995) resonate with my feelings towards cultural identity and those described by my mum when I interviewed her. As Nead states, the wide range of media that Burman works with ‘carry meanings and values to almost the same extent as the… Continue reading Chila Kumari Burman | Beyond Two Cultures


This weekend I had a disagreement with my mum about the importance of vaccinations before going to certain regions/countries. The issue came up after two friends of mine were complaining about the numerous jabs they’d had to have before visiting Vietnam. I knew I hadn’t had any last year before going, so assumed (hoped) that… Continue reading Medicine