Letters to my Mother


Portraits with veiling (symbolic) envelopes. The portraits of the mother as a young woman, as Nguyễn Minh Thành imagines her, are painted on handmade Vietnamese paper, with a white, semi-transparent fabric (gauze) over them, reminiscent of an airmail envelope (with blue and white striped edges). With one exception, the "envelopes" are labeled with the recipient (mother) and the sender (son): "to: Mrs. Nguyễn Thị Nhật / Thống Nhất - Kim Lan / Gia Lâm - Hà Nội / VIỆT NAM //
from: Nguyễn Minh Thành / August-Bebel-Str. 94 / D-33602 Bielefeld / GERMANY".

Text by Daniel Bérenger and Regina van Laak-Bérenger from Collection van Laak und Bérenger.

Collection van Laak und Bérenger
Bielefeld, Germany