My Dad the People Smuggler - The Counihan Gallery

Working with documentary and staged photography, Ngo’s practice studies the disjunction between war as an historical event and its impact on individual histories. This exhibition documents the very personal consequences of his family’s past and their experience on the island of Pulau Bidong, a United Nations refugee camp established at the end of the Vietnam War in 1979.  Through the integration of family photographs and collected objects, Ngo seamlessly mixes the personal with the political and the actual with the imagined, in a way that highlights the interdependency of these relationships.

Images by Andrey Walkling