Photographer Réhahn Will Display His Precious Heritage Collection In Hoi An
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.