Warring Images: Vietnam Pictorial and the Colours of Socialist Futurity

The second program in our 2022 Sydney Asian Art Series, Troubling Images, convened by Olivier Krischer.


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).