Place of belonging


Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA) – B1-R3, Royal City 72A Nguyễn Trãi, Thanh Xuân, Hà Nội.


07.05 – 25.06.2023


07.05.2023 | 17:00


14.05.2023 | 14:00

* Free entrance, available in English & Vietnamese


Hai Thanh (b.1972) has an insatiable drive to photograph. For nearly 30 years,  documenting and archiving have been a daily practice. Although photography  began as a hobby, Hai Thanh worked as a photojournalist for many years before  focusing solely on non-fiction documentaries. He had spent his entire career delving  into the lives of others, using the camera as a diaristic tool and medium to chronicle  the intimacy of strangers.  

Nine years ago, Hai Thanh, who was always in a constant state of in-betweenness,  settled down, had a family, and relocated to Ho Chi Minh City. A sense of  displacement urges him to explore the notion of “home” in such a personal way,  which resulted in a thoughtful journey to fatherhood.  

Using still images and sounds, Hai Thanh’s endeavor provides an appropriate  pretext for us to examine a “place” we hold dear, an intimate landscape, a  nostalgic moment, a familiar recollection; it was an invitation to gaze both inward  and outward. These photographs compose a beautiful tribute to family bonds, with  all the joy, complexity and intricacies that they carry.


Hai Thanh


Mai Nguyên Anh

© Hai Thanh
© Hai Thanh