A new home


Photo album: 17 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm.
Photographs printed on chiffon: 220 x 700 cm; 220 x 500 cm; 220 x 600 cm.


The series of photographs A new home by Hồ Anh Vũ offers a slice of the times during which the citadel is undergoing a ‘renovation campaign’ necessary for the preservation of the Complex of Huế Monuments. As one walks along the highest part of the outer citadel and gazes down on the green farms, reeds have grown taller than man. At the former site of common-grade houses for multigenerational families constructed between before 1975 to now, all one can see is a vast ‘morgue’ full of hollow building frames and rubble. The former owners of these residences have moved out to a resettlement area not too far from the citadel. As Hồ Anh Vũ hones his eyes to capture the remnants of life and focuses his camera on what is left behind, rarely do his photographs include human figures. Even in those rare instances when they do appear, the figures are either immobile, standing in wait, staying off-center or partially off-frame. Which memories will remain as they set out to their new home? What will the future reveal for them?

Description from No more, not yet Exhibition Catalog, 2023.