Based in Hanoi, Vietnam. www.mainguyenanh.com Nguyen Anh Mai is a Vietnamese visual artist who has great concern in contemporary issues. He majored in Economics at University of Surrey, United Kingdom. However, his interest in documentary photography lead him to work in the field of photojournalism. His works are often a mixture of observational and poetic documentary with heavily personal emotion influence. In 2013, he joined VnExpress Newspaper and was a photographer in residence. In 2015, Nguyen Anh left his job at VnExpress and has been freelancing for various local news outlets as well as focusing on his personal projects. In 2016, Nguyen Anh finished One Year Certificate at International Center of Photography in New York. His work is exhibited internationally and in numerous private collection. In 2016, Nguyen Anh co-founded Matca, an online photography community in Vietnam. SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: 24 June 2016 "Another Kind of Paradise" collective exhibition curated by Alison Morley, Elizabeth Kilroy and Darin Mickey , displayed at the Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery - International Center of Photography (New York) 30 August 2016 "A Gentle Touch of Youth" Solo exhibition - 47A Hanoi Vietnam 11 October 2016 "Street Unknown" Group exhibition at Millennium Park - Chicago 5 March 2017 "Far From Home" collective exhibition at Ace Hotel, New York 4 February 2018 "WeChoice 2017" Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center - Saigon Vietnam PUBLICATIONS: SHIFT 11 - International Center Of Photography, NY 2016 N.Y monograph - In private collection of I.C.P library. Chasing happiness - Collection of zines at Photoville 2016. Photography Is Art Issue 8 AWARDS: 2018 Objectifs Documentary Award Recepients
In the Spring of 2011, the nationwide protest against President Bashar al-Assad's government turned into a full scale war. Since then, the ongoing war has left the country devastated and million of people suffered. In 2014 report, the UN stated that 6.5 million Syrian people have been displaced and nearly 200.000 people have been killed. These photographs aim to chronicle the lives of Syrian people including civilians, rebels and soldiers early in the war. During this period, small protests happened across the country and violence government cracked down result in the beginning of a heavy arrmed conflict. The Free Syrian Army was newly formed and managed to take control of majority of border to Turkey. Thousands of civilians started to flee their homes. Government helicopter dropped barrel bomb. Evreryone was hopeful that the war would soon come to an end. However, unknowingly, these signs mean for a lengthy war that would soon shock the world because of its curel nature.