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Night Party (Spill Over Pictures series)

Alvin Luong, 2022

Artist: Alvin Luong
Medium: photography
Dimensions: 25 x 31 in / 64 x 79 cm

Alvin Luong creates artworks based on stories of human migration, land, and dialogues from diasporic communities. These stories are combined with biography, humor, and magic realism to produce artworks that reflect on how people are intimately affected by historical developments in society. The artist has concentrated on tracing the multi-generational migrations by his family from persecution, poverty, and war in Asia Pacific in order to anticipate how future crises in the region, such as Climate Change, may further affect people. Underpinning Luong’s practice is a questioning of contemporary subjectivity in a globalized world that at once restricts and allows for the flow of people, culture, and commodities.

Night Party (Spill Over Pictures series) has been made to appear as if the inks that compose the photographs have washed away due to contact with water. The photographs depict mundane scenes in the artist’s daily life living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The combination of the aesthetic effect of the photographs and the personal nature of the images continue the artist’s care and concern for the underwater future of Ho Chi Minh City due to sea level rise.

Learn more about the artist here.