Lullaby for the 49th Day

Minh Hoang Nguyen

In Vietnamese funeral tradition, following someone’s death, they spend 49 days in a liminal state between death and being reborn. On the 49th day, the surviving family members hold a ceremony to commemorate the deceased being reborn and the living to resume their lives. This exhibition is dedicated to not only the people who was affected by the Vietnam War but also the war and the memory of the war itself.


Minh Hoang Nguyen is an interdisciplinary artist from Hanoi, Vietnam. His work is predominantly image-based. His interests include street photography, documentary, and more conceptual expressions, especially self-portraiture. His recent work has been focusing on the theme of representation, trauma and healing. |


In keeping with Duke University’s COVID-19 plan which includes instituting a series of social distancing practices to protect the health and continuity of the community, the public events, performances, and screenings for the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts Spring Thesis Exhibition have been postponed to the Fall 2020 semester. Updated information and schedule details will be posted here, and additionally at and across MFA|EDA, Duke Arts, and exhibition venue social media platforms.