This presentation explores the construction of socialist ways of seeing in Vietnam, focusing on the communist illustrated magazine, Vietnam Pictorial, which deployed color images as a means to project visions of socialist futurity, conjuring forth revolutionary renovations at a moment when victory had yet to be assured.
Thy Phu is a Distinguished Professor of Race, Diaspora and Visual Justice at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Picturing Model Citizens: Civility in Asian American Visual Culture and Warring Visions: Photography and Vietnam. She has also co-edited Feeling Photography, Refugee States: Critical Refugee Studies in Canada, and the forthcoming, Cold War Camera. Currently, she serves as co-editor of the open-access peer-reviewed journal, Trans Asia Photography.
Image: Cover of Vietnam Pictorial featuring Black revolutionary, Angela Davis (1973).