Pho­tog­ra­pher Réhahn Will Dis­play His Pre­cious Her­itage Col­lec­tion In Hoi An

Oi Vietnam - - The Bulletin -

Af­ter the open­ing of his per­ma­nent gallery on Dong Khoi in Saigon and the open­ing of the Ageless Beauty Ex­hi­bi­tion at the Fine Arts Mu­seum in Da Nang, he will dis­play his mov­ing and col­or­ful ex­hi­bi­tion Pre­cious Her­itage in Hoi An, his home­town. The free out­door ex­hi­bi­tion will take place on Nguyen Phuc Chu Street, on An Hoi is­land, for two months, start­ing July 1. Through a se­lec­tion of 40 pho­to­graphs, echo­ing his mu­seum, Réhahn shows how rich and di­verse Viet­nam’s eth­nic cul­ture is. His fa­mous por­traits of young kids and old women from all prov­inces of the coun­try rep­re­sent groups of hun­dreds of thou­sand mem­bers to as few as hun­dreds like the O Du or the unique portrait of a Ro Mam, that re­quired him to wait 3 years to get the au­tho­riza­tion to visit them in their re­mote vil­lage. Pos­ing in tra­di­tional cos­tumes, they all sym­bol­ize an­ces­tral cus­toms, an­cient knowl­edge passed on from one gen­er­a­tion to an­other, the chal­lenge to pro­tect it and the hope in keep­ing it alive. The Pre­cious Her­itage Col­lec­tion pro­motes the beauty and pride of these com­mu­ni­ties that, to­gether, form the great mo­saic of Viet­nam’s peo­ple.

That’s what mo­ti­vated him to cre­ate the Pre­cious Her­itage Art Gallery Mu­seum un­veiled in Jan­uary 2017. By choos­ing to keep the mu­seum free and with all texts trans­lated in Viet­namese, English and French, the pho­tog­ra­pher aims to give max­i­mum ac­cess to this side of Viet­nam’s iden­tity for peo­ple to see what’s be­yond the more ob­vi­ous im­ages.

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