Letter to Ho Chi Minh

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Year: 2021


The brutalist building in this landscape is of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly the residence of the South Vietnamese President during the War. At 10:45 on 30 April 1975, a tank of the North Vietnamese army bulldozed through the main gate, effectively ending the Vietnam War. This building represents the trauma that my parents endured during the war and their ultimate decision to relocate their family to a country where freedom of speech is allowed.

This Palace is in a tropical city; however, it is juxtaposed here within a snowy mountainous backdrop to represent the culture and climate shock that we experienced when we arrived in Canada. The use of warm fiery colours against the cold surrounding shows the contrasting range of emotions that we lived through.

Medium: Acrylic and transfer on canvas

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

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