When a country is robbed of its own photographic history, one can’t help but to turn to their own’s family photo album for the sake of understanding their own past. Flipping through the pages of one’s album is much of a revelation- recognition of nostalgia for a time that passed yet unseen, but disconnection to the binary and its pains of wars and tragedies. what is there left for us to be identified with?

Constructed with references from Nguyen’s own family photos and interpreted dreams, as well as European arts and American photography, As You Grow Older brings forth the questions of the self for Nguyen as a Vietnamese person. The staged image acts as an extension of Nguyen’s own family photo album, a creation and record that reveal each character in the unusual, often overlooked places that they find themselves positioned in, while references of foreign cultures suggest and intensify the desire to belong for the youth in a country that was so brutalized of its own selfhood.

In this work: Tạ Lê Hạnh- Thơ, the sisters Vân Lê, Dan Ni, Thái Linh, Annica, Ronny Ackah, Vũ Khôi Nguyên, Bùi Nhật Minh, Jonathan Poirier, Vũ Thu Hương, Nguyễn Nhật Minh Châu, Nguyễn Hà Phong, Nguyễn Hiếu Ngọc, Xứng, Tường Danh