Title Wanted – on Exhibit
Work by Duke MFA student Hoang Nuyen.
Nguyen’s work engages with some of the best known and most reproduced photographs of the Vietnam War. These photographs, originally taken by American photojournalists reporting for an American audience, have become the primary way people around the world understand the war. By tearing these images apart and reconstructing them with Nguyen’s own photographs of his family and friends around Hanoi, Nguyen offers a space for questioning the relationship between past and present, public and private, and the ethics of representing trauma. Along the way, he questions, the nature of authorship, responsibility for the images we create, and what happens when part of someone’s story comes to stand in for the experiences of many.
Title Wanted will be on display in the Keohane-Kenan Gallery until January 17, 2020.
The Graduate Arts Fellowship supports the generation and exhibition of ethics-oriented work at the leading edge of documentary practice. Offered to one student entering their second year of Duke’s MFA|EDA program, the fellowship offers resources, mentorship, and opportunities for engagement with the faculty, fellows, staff, and students at the Kenan Institute for Ethics over the course of an academic year.