Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution. Article 14.1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Between 1 and 2 million people fled Vietnam at the fall of Saigon. Of this it is estimated that 500,000 people perished at sea. Decades later, hope still lingers for many of those that have survive. Without a body how can one be so sure?
For 10 days, artist Phuong Ngo will live in public view on the same supplies his parents had on their boat, occupying his time by folding origami boats out of hell bank notes. Audience members are invited to also partake in the folding of boats. While doing so they will have the opportunity to listen to narrative recordings from other Vietnamese refugees.
At the conclusion of Article 14.1 the paper boats will be burnt in honour those who were lost and continue to be lost at sea.
Location: La Maison Folie, Mons, Belgium
Date: 18-28 June 2015