The Artist as Explorer: How Artists from the Vietnamese Diaspora Explore Notions of Home
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My personal experiences as a refugee inform how I see the multiple geographical and social landscapes of Australia and Vietnam, and how I mediate a new sense of home from between these diverse experiences. In turn, this provides new knowledge and understanding of the physical and cultural terrain of both countries. Within my studio work I have used this approach to create or reinvent layered landscapes through my personal experiences and memories in order to explore how a contingent, illusive/elusive ‘home’, that has also performed the role of a mythical symbol of refuge in the Vietnamese diaspora, has been inexorably linked to identity and belonging. In my written work undertaken as part of the process of this candidature I have also examined the ways in which narratives of personal journeys within the diaspora experience have been described in ways that have avoided the usual negative associations of ‘refugee status’, and that have instead been undertaken via a more positive approach to interpreting that role as akin to that of the ‘explorer’.
Thesis (PhD Doctorate)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Queensland College of Art, Griffith University
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Identity and belonging
Immigrants and refugees