What do we do when our bodies diverge from what is considered the norm? How do we as visual artists translate emotions, feelings and reactions that occur in the body? What are the possibilities and the limitations of sight?
Among the myriad of biscuits and cups of tea and coffee, the writing special of Turf’s Lunchtime Feedback began. Unfortunately the biscuits were not to my liking at all (sorry Holly), but the excitement of being able to be gifted with art to consume and feedback on was enough to sustain me for the whole session.
A transcript of a discussion at the opening night of Will Pham’s Little Vietnam at Turf Projects, between Will Pham, Rosalie Bell and Natalie Bell.
Family, time, and the present are three key pillars of Will Pham’s first solo exhibition Little Vietnam, the most recent show at Turf Projects in London’s Borough of Croydon that took place from May 14 – July 6, 2019. The 16-minute video work of the same name, captured on Super 8 film, depicts several everyday scenes centred around Pham’s multi-generational family: going to church, spending time at the park, preparing for a backyard barbecue at his uncle’s new house, ending at Pham’s parent’s restaurant, Little Vietnam in South Wimbledon.