Tien Yen is one of a series of "Postcards from Viet Nam"
What is left of the image of Viet Nam 30 years after war victory?
What kind of amnesia does this country -a symbol of a revolution against the American empire- now represent in the West World?
Not much has been said about Viet Nam in the recurrence of this anniversary. Viet Nam has become out of focus, complex and contradictory.
In these loops we have been working on the edges of the image and memory of a residual exoticism. Exoticism, diversity, but also flux and movement...
Postcards from Viet Nam is a Mylicon/En work in progress, dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the most media exposed and filmed war of all times.
Postcards are slightly varying loops that freeze up gestures and movements, proceeding by minimal shifts. Everything is repeated endlessly and nearly becomes abstract.
Every postcard is named after a village lost in the north country forests, close to China, where it is easy to find in the headvillage's hut medals of war displayed next to Ho Chi Minh pictures.
"This is not a film on Viet Nam this is Viet Nam" said Francis Ford Coppola, the director of "Apocalypse Now", about the film that according to critics and intellectuals represents the end of history and the beginning of the "Society of the Spectacle".
Everyone knows about Viet Nam, Saigon, the Red River and the Mekong, Viet Congs -Charlie- and Ho Chi Minh/uncle Ho.
Viet Nam has left the realms of history and geography to get into people's imaginary.
Vietnam that still bears the signs of horror, Vietnam that proudly claims victory, Vietnam of French-speaking elders, Vietnam that has never lived in peace for long in its history, Vietnam that has defeated Gengis Khan.
It is easy today to find in Saigon or Hanoi an "Apocalypse Now Bar".