Resettlement Paintings

2022- ongoing
Oil on canvas

These paintings were made at Studio Voltaire.

A series of paintings exploring the resettlement of Vietnamese boat refugees to the UK during 1979-1990s to the present. 

The work traces the UK’s dispersal policy, a tactic to force refugees to integrate into UK society and reduce the burden on local authority resources by spreading them around the country. 

The work attempts to re-narrate and reintegrate fragmented isolated Vietnamese experiences of growing up and living across the UK due to the dispersal policy, into the space of the gallery where these individuals can reunite, hold space and recognise each other. 



Care home worker, 2022
Oil on canvas
190 x 110 cm




Domestic worker, 2022
Oil on canvas
135 x 110 cm




School playground, 2023
Oil on canvas
200 x 180 cm




Mechanic, 2022
Oil on canvas
140 x 110 cm




Welder, 2022
Oil on canvas
160 x 110 cm



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