Ancestors was inspired by the Vietnamese and Chinese tradition of placing framed portraits of deceased ancestors on household altars. The portraits are symbolic of the spirit of the ancestors, overseeing the household and protecting the family. Vy's series is a gesture of respect to his forebears, and an acknowledgement of origin. Vy's subjects are grandparents of family and friends, as well as elders from the Melbourne Vietnamese and Chinese community who were asked to look directly into the lens and photographed using low-key studio lighting.
Exhibited in CCP's Night Projection Window
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Centre for Contemporary Photography
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