Art show reveals life of autistic people

Art power: Visitors learn about the life of those with autism through an exhibition in Hanoi.(Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Therich lives of people with autism is reflected through visual arts at an ongoingexhibition in Hanoi.Titled Encounters,the exhibition presents photography, video, audio and installation works byyoung artists. Three of them have an older sibling with autism – Trinh Mai Chi,PQN, Quynh. Three have a passion for photography – Le Anh Dung, Duong Thuy Lyand Tram.PQN, whose real name isPham Quynh Nhi, has an older brother suffering from autism.“Life with someone withautism is not easy, but it’s not as terrible and difficult as people imagine,”she said.“Through the photos, I wantto tell visitors that living with the autists is not full of obstacles but alsojoy.”Nhi presented photosdepicting the ordinary days of her brother, the way he sees life and how hereacts with surrounding people. The exhibition is a part of a participatoryresearch in autism through visual arts. The artists come from variousbackgrounds and are new to practising arts.The artworks took shapethrough a process of discussions, exchanging personal stories, and throughreflections on each other’s works and practices.Le Huong Giang, a coordinatorfrom the Centre for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population, saidthe exhibition opened space for images, colours, words and voices full ofcharacters and styles about the spiritual life of those with autism.The exhibition involvesdiscussions, art tours and workshops to create an open space for dialoguesabout autism and related issues, from medical and social perspectives to visualarts in families with autistic members researchers, practitioners and artistsand… [Read full story]


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