Minister Joe Costello to Launch Exhibition on Hmong Community in Vietnam
A photographic exhibition, showcasing the life of the Hmong community in Northern Vietnam, will be unveiled by Minister of State for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, tomorrow, Tuesday, 17th January, at 6.30pm in the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.
In 2011, The Irish Times photographer Frank Miller received funding from the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to travel to North Vietnam to live amongst the Hmong people, one of Vietnam’s largest and poorest ethnic minorities. During his stay in Vietnam, Mr. Miller visited and photographed families, schools and education projects in the remote town of Dong Van, close to the border with China.
The exhibition being launched tomorrow, entitled Minority Report, is the result of his experiences and showcases the daily lives of the Hmong people, particularly school, community and family scenes. The large exhibition prints feature images of Hmong women in colourful costumes working at home or taking adult education classes; Hmong men at work; and children at school and doing chores.
Minority Report will continue at the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre from Monday to Friday each week until 27th February. The opening hours are 10am to 5pm. The exhibition is open to the public and free-of-charge.
Further details on Frank Miller’s project is available here.